300 million-year-old screw

Is this a 300 million-year-old screw or just a fossilized sea creature?

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A Russian research team known as the Kosmopoisk Group, which investigates UFOs and paranormal activity, claims to have found a one-inch screw embedded inside a rock that is 300 million years old. They say the screw is the remains of an ancient form of technology that proves extra-terrestrials visited Earth millions of years ago. However, scientists say the ‘screw’ is nothing more than a fossilized sea creature called a Crinoid.

The Russian team were investigating the remains of a meteorite in the Kaluga region of Russia in the 1990s, when they came across the strange object. A paleontological analysis was carried out, which revealed the stone was formed between 300 and 320 million years ago.  The team also claim that an x-ray of the stone shows that another screw is present inside it. However, they have not allowed international experts to examine the object, nor have they revealed what the screw is made of.

Since the initial finding, much debate has surrounded the discovery, with scientists scoffing at the suggestion that it reflects an ancient screw and suggesting there is a much less exciting explanation.

Location of Kaluga Oblast in Russia, where researchers claim to have found a 300-million-year-old screw

Location of Kaluga Oblast in Russia, where researchers claim to have found a 300-million-year-old screw ( Wikipedia)

The Mail Online reports that scientists who have examined photographic evidence of the object say that there is a more earthly answer to the phenomenon – the ‘screw’ is actually the fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature known as a crinoid.

Crinoids are a species of marine animal that are believed to have evolved around 350 million years ago. They are characterized by a mouth on the top surface that is surrounded by feeding arms.  Today, there are around 600 crinoid species, but they were much more abundant and diverse in the past.

A stalked crinoid drawn by Ernst Haeckel.

A stalked crinoid drawn by Ernst Haeckel. ( Wikipedia)

Over the years, geologists have found countless fossils representing whole crinoids or their segments, some of which do resemble screws. Scientists have suggested that the screw-like shape seen in fossil samples may be the reversed-shape of the creature, which dissolved while the rock was shaped around it.  

   Left: The fossilized remains of a whole crinoid. Right: Fossilized segments of crinoids

Left: The fossilized remains of a whole crinoid ( Wikipedia). Right: Fossilized segments of crinoids ( Wikipedia)

“It is thought that the fossilised creature in the mysterious rock is a form of ‘sea lily’ – a type of crinoid that grew a stalk when it became an adult, to tether itself to the seabed,” write the Mail Online. “However, some say that the stalks of crinoids were typically much smaller than the ‘screw’, with slightly different markings, and have discarded the theory.”

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Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual told Mail Online: “Lots of out-of-place artefacts have been reported, such as nails or even tools embedded in ancient stone. Some of these reports are…misinterpretations of natural formations.”

“It would be great to think we could find such ancient evidence of a spaceship visiting us so long ago, but we have to consider whether extra-terrestrial spacecraft builders would use screws in the construction of their craft,” he added. “It also seems that this story is probably a hoax that is being spread by the internet, and reflects our desire to believe that extra-terrestrials have visited us in the past and are still visiting us today in what we now call UFOs.”

For now, the controversy surrounding the object remains very much alive, and unless the Kosmopoisk Group releases detailed information regarding the material of the ‘screw’, it is unlikely that consensus will be reached any time soon.

Featured image: A stone dated to around 300 million years, which appears to show a screw embedded inside it. Source: ancient-code.com

By April Holloway

Comments

That this is even being debated is mind-blowing. It's a crinoid. It does not have the spiralling of a screw, but rather the stacked "rings" of a crinoid. Rather confounding that researchers who investigate UFOs and have supposedly found a 300 million year-old screw (and another one inside of that) wouldn't want scientists to investigate this and actually prove it's a screw. Hmm . . . .

If the screw is stone, then it will be organic matter, of a crinoid that has become replaced by stone. You can buy black marble made of masses of crinoids that exhibit this screw like form, though the 'screw' has no turn on it, merely successive parallel rings.

I am in possession of one of these rocks with either a screw or crinoid fossil in it in case any of you know someone who would be interested in studying it. Found in Illinois in what appears to be a rounded, smooth river rock used for landscaping purposes.

Wouldn't testing what it's made of clear this up pretty simply?

I have worked as a professional geological surveyor and have also done field trips where I have found many of these fossils, along with others such as Gigantoproductus from marine beds in the same series. I have found crinoid specimens that are vastly more 'screw'-like' in appearance than the very poor specimens provided for comparison in this article.

I do not doubt that screws existed even millions of years ago on this planet, as vedic literature states that dynasties of kings existed literally hundreds of millions of years ago, ruling over advanced civilizations of probably somewhat different human species than those living today, but I rather think this specimen is likely another crinoid.

Specimens of crinoids preserved in very fine sandstone for instance can be found situated in hollows inside solid rock in which nothing is left after fossilization other than a very fine crinoid 'screwthread' in stunningly perfect detail.

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