Does this mysterious piece of aluminium prove UFOs visited Earth 250,000 years ago?
- The discovery was made in 1973 but supposedly kept secret at the time
- Chunk of metal was found alongside two ancient fossils, investigator said
- Metallic aluminium was not produced by humans until 200 years ago
- Historians dispute claims that the object is of alien origin and say that it is a part from a WWII German fighter plane
A piece aluminium that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth.
The discovery of the mysterious chunk of metal in communist Romania in 1973 was not made public at the time, according to CEN.
Testing has since revealed that the object is made of 12 metals and is 90 per cent aluminium with Romanian officials dating it as being 250,000 years old.
The initial results were later confirmed by a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, CEN reports.
Metallic aluminium was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that it claimed to be up to 250,000 years old is being held up as a sensational find.
In 1973, builders working on the shores of the Mures River not far from the central Romanian town of Aiud found three objects 10 metres (33 feet) under the ground.
They appeared to be unusual and very old, and archaeologists were bought in who immediately identified two of them as being fossils.
The third looked like a piece of man-made metal, although very light, and it was suspected that it might be the end of an axe.
All three were sent together with the others for further analysis to Cluj, the main city of the Romanian region of Transylvania.
It was quickly determined that the two large bones belonged to a large extinct mammal that died 10,000-80,000 years ago, but experts were stunned to find out that the third object was a piece of very lightweight metal, and appeared to have been manufactured.
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