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Comment: I have heard since my youth (I am now 34), rumors of
animals found alive encased in stone by quarry workers who release them
when breaking rock. The animal is usually a frog or toad, but the most
unbelieveable version tells of a pterodactyl emerging from limestone, and
flying a few feet before dying. A search on the internet provided me with few answers, only a
retelling of the same rumors. Did any of this ever happen? Common sense
tells me no.

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I don't have a definitve cite for it but I've heard the same stories about frogs and toads. The explanation was that the animal got into the area when it was small going after bugs and then got too big to get out.

I'm not sure how useful that might be though.

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What I don't understand is how the animals were supposed to be staying alive.

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The way I heard it there were small crevices and cracks where bugs would go into the space where the frog or toad is so they had something to eat. Water could also enter the space that way.

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just a few links about this
not helpfull in why
Unmuseum web page living fossils page

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Sorry--the only example of anything remotely similar I can come up with is the Michagan J. Frog Looney Toons cartoon. [Razz]

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Well, certain frogs and other cold blooded animals can go into a very extreme sort of hibernation.

There are frogs in africa for example that thrive and mate during a rainy season and then bury themselves in mud and go dormant till the next rainy season when the water seeps down to them and revives them.

I have heard on shows like the discovery channel that these frogs can stay dormant and alive under the mud for years at a time.

So I could see these stories being somehow tied to arid region frogs like these or the theory of crawling into a crevice and getting too big to get out while food and water are still plentiful enough for survival.

In the OP I hope to God he was not asking for verification on the pteradactyl story though. Anyone over 10 should be able to figure out the veracity of that claim.

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Just a comment about the OP. I have a book laying around in my house about unexplained mysteries and they go into depth about this one. It did state that back in the 1800's or so that miners did encounter pteradactyl sort creature that seemed to be living in the rock. It died shortly after being exposed to the sunlight, or possible the air.

Of course there's no proof of this occuring, either these men where lying/hallusinating/exaggerating. I just remembered about that when reading this thread.

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Whoa, totally different than what I expected the topic to be about.


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Me, too, was just about to tell my anecdote about when the dog ate our hash cakes.
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I was thinking it's based on human physiology. This is what I learned from James Bond Goldfinger with the naked chick painted in gold scene.

The human skin like you do, also breathes in oxygen. If the human skin is covered completely in paint, the victim can suffer from asphyxiation (excuse my crude spelling) which is caused when the skin doesn't receive any oxygen. The victim can still receive oxygen only if there's a small enough bit of holes in the paint covering.

I believe they said they left a small patch on the actress' back in order for her skin to breathe. There has been rumors she died in the acting, but they say she lived through the few hour process with the small non-painted patch on her back to keep her skin breathing.

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Edited: My point in this is that it could be semi-related where animals have skins and they could need exposed areas in order to breathe oxygen. Amphibians, like frogs, adapt from oxygen to water so pooring water into the crevices can still enable him to breathe. But also needs ability to breathe oxygen still.

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quote:
Originally posted by Joseph Z:
I was thinking it's based on human physiology. This is what I learned from James Bond Goldfinger with the naked chick painted in gold scene.

The human skin like you do, also breathes in oxygen. If the human skin is covered completely in paint, the victim can suffer from asphyxiation (excuse my crude spelling) which is caused when the skin doesn't receive any oxygen. The victim can still receive oxygen only if there's a small enough bit of holes in the paint covering.

I believe they said they left a small patch on the actress' back in order for her skin to breathe. There has been rumors she died in the acting, but they say she lived through the few hour process with the small non-painted patch on her back to keep her skin breathing.

These guys proved the Goldfinger myth to be false. A discussion of the episode in which the myth was recreated and proved false is here .
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Thank you super_chicken - You beat me to it. [Big Grin]

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