10 Unsolved Obscure Mysteries Surrounding Forests Around The World
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10 Unsolved Obscure Mysteries Surrounding Forests Around The World

10 Triassic Mystery Often referred to as the dawn of the dinosaurs,
the Triassic period kicked off the Mesozoic era. The name stuck in spite of the fact that the
creatures that roamed the Earth during the Triassic period were closer to crocodiles
than dinosaurs. One of the creatures of this time remains
unidentifed: Kraterokheirodon. The mystery that is Kraterokheirodon started
with the discovery of a strange-looking tooth in 1946. The tooth, shaped like a shell, was handed
over to paleontologist Edwin Colbert at the time. Nothing came of the discovery until Colbert’s
interest in the tooth was sparked anew by the discovery of a similar one in the Petrified
Forest National Park in Arizona. He did his best to identify the creature that
the tooth belonged to, right up until his death in 2001. While the Kraterokheirodon teeth are somewhat
similar to those of cynodonts, they are a lot bigger and do not necessarily show any
relation to them. It is also unknown how the strange teeth would
have fit into the creature’s mouth. The only thing known for sure is that Kraterokheirodon
was a massive animal. Experts are continuing their research in the
hopes of uncovering this mystery. 9 Mysterious Pillars Historian Louis Serna spied a ornate stone
pillar in a hotel lobby in 2013. Intrigued by the symbols (including a Templar
cross) carved on it, Serna tried to find out more about the pillar from the hotel employees. After being told that it was simply a trail
marker, Serna realized he would have to get into contact with the original owner of the
hotel if he was to get credible information. He was right. After he traced the original owner, the man
told him that a rancher discovered the pillar in a New Mexico forest and that it had been
on display at the hotel ever since. Suspecting there was even more to this story,
Serna eventually approached the US Forest Service, where he was informed that, in fact,
there were two stone pillars found in Carson National Forest and that the second pillar
is located among several other stones thought to be grave markers. Serna remained skeptical about this information,
believing that the pillars may have been markers used by ancient explorers during the colonization
of the area. Serna also remains hopeful that archaeologists
will look into his theory and come up with answers to explain the origin and purpose
of the pillars. 8 Forest Of Missing Children
The Angeles National Forest in Southern California was established in 1908 and contains five
designated wilderness areas. It is a registered California Historical Landmark
and includes several popular picnic and camping spots. Unfortunately, it is also the location of
several unsolved disappearances. In 1956, 11-year-old Brenda Howell and 13-year-old
Donald Lee Baker set off on their bikes to go exploring in the San Gabriel Canyon area. They never returned. An extensive search of the area only uncovered
the two bicycles and Donald’s jacket. In 1957, two brothers-in-law took their kids
for a hike in the Arroyo Seco area when the eldest, eight-year-old Tommy Bowman, decided
to run ahead on the trail. He disappeared around a bend, and when the
others got there, he was nowhere to be seen. He was never found. Then in 1960, six-year-old Bruce Howard went
on a camping trip with 80 other children and adults in the Buckhorn Flat. 275 meters from their camp, Bruce became tired,
and the supervisor sent him back to their camping site. He watched until Bruce had almost reached
the camp before continuing the hike with the others. It only took minutes to discover that Bruce
never actually got to the camp. He was never seen again. It was suspected that sex offender and child
molester Mack Ray Edwards may have played a role in the above disappearances, and he
even confessed to the murders of Brenda Howell and Donald Baker. However, a lack of evidence and Edwards’s
eventual suicide kept him from ever being tried. 7 Antarctica’s Fossil Forests Before the first dinosaurs, almost 260 million
years ago, Antarctica looked nothing like it does today. The climate was a lot warmer, and the landscape
was covered with several dense forests. It is thought that these forests existed around
the same time as the biggest mass extinction that has ever occurred. It is believed that the Permian-Triassic extinction
event was triggered by an unprecedented increase in greenhouse gases, possibly due to volcanic
eruptions in Siberia. Experts are hoping that the fossilized forest
remains will provide some insight into this theory. Explorers and other scientists have been aware
of the fossilized forests since 1910 or so, but there are still mysteries surrounding
them. It remains unclear, for instance, just how
the trees and plants survived the cold and dark winter months and how the trees were
able to switch between winter and summer modes as quickly as they did, hibernating during
winter and growing in summer. Research is ongoing and planned up until January
2018. 6 Pokaini Forest Mysteries Pokaini forest in Latvia is steeped in myth
and mystery. Legend has it that visitors to the forest
in ancient times brought rocks with them as penance for their sins. These rocks would then also symbolize the
absolution of their sins. Considering that this is just a myth, it remains
a mystery as to where the rocks in the forest actually come from. The rocks are grouped together in a specific
sequence around 30 hills. There are rumors that some of the rocks have
healing powers while others have destructive powers. People are advised against taking a rock home
as a souvenir, as bad times may befall them if they do. There is also an old pine tree under which
the temperature remains higher than anywhere else in the forest. Some visitors to Pokaini believe that this
anomaly as well as malfunctioning watches and compasses mean that the forest could be
a gateway to a parallel universe. 5 Disappearance Of Lars Mittank In July 2014, a couple of friends, including
28-year-old Lars Mittank, landed in Bulgaria for a holiday at Golden Sands. Things quickly turned sour for Mittank when
he became involved in a brawl on the beach during an argument over football, resulting
in an injury to his ear. After being advised by a doctor to delay flying
for a couple of days, Mittank decided to stay on in Bulgaria for further medical attention. He told his friends to go on home and rented
a hotel room in a less-than-desirable area. His stay at the hotel only lasted one night,
however. He texted his mom and told her to cancel his
credit card and that he was trying to hide from four unknown men who were inquiring about
his medicine. Mittank went back to the doctor’s office
the following day but never saw the doctor because he suddenly flipped out and ran away. He then went to the airport, but he left there
as well. CCTV footage showed the young man jumping
a fence and disappearing into the forest behind it. Lars Mittank has not been seen since. 4 Anton Pilipa Anton Pilipa disappeared from Toronto in 2012,
shortly before he was due to appear in a local court on assault and weapons charges. As the years rolled by, it seemed less and
less likely that Pilipa, who suffered from schizophrenia, would ever be found. However, in early 2017, Pilipa was found wandering
around near Manaus in the Amazon rain forest. Amazingly, he traveled across ten borders
without documentation or any form of identification before landing up in Buenos Aires, where he
was refused entry. From there, he headed to Brazil. Police found Pilipa and took him to a hospital,
from which he escaped and then disappeared into the forest. He was later discovered again in the forest,
and his family was notified via social media. It remains unknown just how Pilipa managed
to travel that far without anyone suspecting anything strange regarding his lack of documentation
and why he disappeared in the first place. 3 Tree Swastika In 1992, an intern for a landscaping company
in Germany was taking photos from a plane when he noticed something weird way down below. On the north side of Zernikow, a patch of
larch trees was sticking out against the rest of the forest. They formed a giant swastika. Because the effect of the different-colored
trees disappears during spring and is only present during autumn, it took many years
for anyone to discover the Nazi symbol hidden away in the forest. Who planted the trees remains a mystery, but
it has been estimated that they were likely planted in 1938, while Hitler was in power. Theories about the tree swastika include it
being a “birthday gift” to Hitler or a show of gratitude by locals after a street
was built in Zernikow. Another theory says that the swastika was
created to show loyalty to Hitler after a local was sent off to a concentration camp
when it was discovered he had been listening to BBC radio. The swastika was destroyed sometime after
1995, when authorities removed most of the trees that remained after the first attempt
at destroying it failed. 2 Gedi Ruins The Gedi ruins in Kenya are located deep inside
a forest next to the Indian Ocean. These ruins have lessened the general belief
that Africa lagged far behind other civilizations when it came to technology and advancing toward
modern living. Proof of this came in the form of flushing
toilets, running water, and streets built in a town that is thought to have been established
in the 13th century. It seems that the Muslim inhabitants of the
town traded extensively with other cultures, including China and other countries. But then the unthinkable happened. The entire town was abandoned in the 17th
century for no apparent reason. Also, despite the fact that several ruins
remain, including mosques, a palace, and houses, there are no written records to be found of
Gedi. Theories have been put forward that an unnamed
enemy might have invaded the town and destroyed it, but there is no evidence of war among
the ruins. Another theory has it that the receding Indian
Ocean could have led to the depletion of water wells or that foreign explorers might have
introduced the plague, leading to the death of all the inhabitants. However, there is a complete lack of evidence
to support any of these theories. 1 Rosalind Ballingall In 1969, 20-year-old Rosalind Ballingall traveled
to the Garden Route in the Western Cape, South Africa, with two friends to spend a long weekend
at a well-known drug hangout called the Sugar House. She then apparently decided soon after arriving
that she wanted to take a walk in the nearby Knysna forest. So with a Bible under her arm, she went. And never returned. More than 24 hours passed before the young
woman was reported missing, and by that time, heavy rain had washed away her tracks and
any other evidence that may have helped to find her. Theories soon began to fly. Some said she was part of a cult called The
Cosmic Butterfly and that she was at a drug party in the forest before she disappeared. This could have led to her losing her way
while under the haze of drugs. Others believe she may have been accidentally
killed by a cult member. Other rumors stated that she somehow fled
the country, with people reporting that they’d spotted her overseas. Some local sightings were also reported, but
the true fate of Rosalind Ballingall remains to be uncovered.


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