Left in the Phrygian Valley of central Turkey were imprinted earth trails that age analysis dictated could have been there from 12 to 14 million years ago.
Dr. Alexander Koltypin, a Russian academic, suggested they could have been petrified footprints from ancient vehicles of a long-lost civilization before modern humans.
Koltypin is a geologist and director of the Natural Science Scientific Research Center at Moscow’s International Independent University of Ecology and Politology.
“All these rocky fields were covered with the ruts left some millions of years ago….we are not talking about human beings,” he said, as reported by Mirror. “We are dealing with some kind of cars or all-terrain vehicles.”
The ruts were preserved in the same way dinosaur footprints were kept. As the academic pointed out, there were pairs of ruts that overlapped each other, with some deeper than the other. They also came in the same distance between each pair of tracks.
As Koltypin measured the width and length of the ruts, he suspected the vehicles that left the markings could be similar to modern cars in length and have tires of 9 inches (22.86 cm) wide, according to Ancient Origin.
The depth of the ruts suggested the vehicle was much heavier than simply wheeled carts that relied on donkeys or camels to drive them. He also noticed horizontal scratches on the side of the ruts, which could indicate the ends of the axles used for ancient wheels.
“We found many ruts with such scratches,” he said.
He speculates that whoever drove the huge vehicles that made the grooves was most likely responsible for the numerous but identical roads, ruts, and underground structures that can be found around the Mediterranean.
According to Ancient Origin, similar petrified ancient tracks have been found scattered around the world, such as France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and even North America.
“I think we are seeing the signs of the civilization which existed before the classic creation of this world,” he said. “Maybe the creatures of that pre-civilization were not like modern human beings.”
While the tracks could be evidence of an advanced civilization before what is known, Dr. Koltypin said mainstream scientists would tend to ignore such groundbreaking clues and “avoid touching this matter” because it would “ruin all their classic theories”.
Here is one example of the cart ruts found in Malta.