Nelspruit - Fossilised ribs, hearts, legs, and more body parts of humanoids and other creatures have been discovered by an independent team of scientists and researchers in Mpumalanga province in South Africa, the South African Antiquities Research Institute (SAARI) in Nelspruit said on Saturday.
"This accidental discovery could possibly turn out to be one of the most critical archaeological finds ever, as it shines a light on a brutal ancient past in South Africa, with many unimaginable creatures and humanoids, going back well over 100,000 years," the institute said in a statement.
While on a routine excursion in the mountains of Mpumalanga in January 2018, a team of South African and international scientists and researchers made the discovery that had "shone a light on an unimaginable and turbulent past in prehistoric South Africa".
The evidence showed that there was large scale killing and butchery. The evidence showed that they had advanced tools to perform the butchery. The team also found petrified pieces of dinosaur or reptilian meat with skin attached – some showing claw marks and teeth marks into what was now a petrified piece of rock, the SAARI said.
“Doctors and medical practitioners recognise these organs complete with fascia lines, veins, and arteries. The specimens we’ve found show that these body parts were butchered, the way butchers do today. It is not clear if the extraction of organs was part of ritual killing or sacrifice by the people or tribes of the time here in South Africa, like we see during certain periods among the Maya and Aztec cultures in the Americas, but the discovery of so many extracted petrified hearts certainly points towards such activity,” research team leader and shaman JP Fischbach said in the statement.