Aux frontières de l'impossible
Un artéfact est un objet façonné par l'homme et découvert à l'occasion de fouilles archéologiques.
Michael Tellinger shows off what could be one of the best pieces of evidence
that there were giants on Earth a long, long time ago.
Geologists have marvelled at this giant foot print in rough granite, about 4 feet long.
Some still say that it is a natural erosion pattern.
that I will not go into here. Prof. Pieter Wagener from UPE, suggests
that "there is a higher probability of little green men arriving from space
and licking it out with their tongues, than being created by natural erosion".
It is estimated to be between 200 million and 3 Billion years old
because of our current understanding of the formation of granites in Earth's history.
This dating immediately causes great debate and argument - so I urge you to keep
your mind open and focused on the evidence.
This amazing footprint in granite was discovered in 1912 by a hunter
called Stoffel Coetzee, while hunting in the remote area.
At the time this was a deeply remote part of South Africa
known as the Eastern Transvaal, teeming with wild life, including antelope and lions.
It remains in the same condition as it was when first discovered and the possibility
that this was a carved hoax is extremely low because of its remote location.
Even today, it is difficult to find.
I have no idea - but here it is and we cannot wish it away.
on all geological maps - that is why this footprint is such an incredible mystery.
It can be desribed as a "phenocrystic" granite, OR coarse porphyritic granite,
that underwent several different stages of cooling. The result being an interesting mixture
of large and small granules.
This is why granite companies are keen to mine this area for granite because it will
look really "pretty" when polished. In the official Geology Of South Africa, this outcrop
is called Mpuluzi Batholith (Granite) and the official dating of this rock produced
dates of around 3,1 billion years.