The Mystic archipelago is a group of 150 islands in the Pacific Ocean, some 1800km (1118 miles) South East of Australia and Northwest of New Zealand. It was first discovered in 1784 by Austronesian sea farers and was first charted in 1789 by a British navigator, Thomas Finders. The island is geologically active with volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. The Bondaras trees surrounding the island emit toxic gases such as arsine and chloropicrin. Stephen Hokkins, an environmental geologist and a professor at Stanford University stated in his book that, “The Island is one of the dangerous islands to be in. The fumes can kill a person within 24 hours and has a lethal concentration in air of 600 parts per million (ppm) by volume” (Hokkins, 1991).
The island houses odd creatures such as Mamababarang, Mamaw and Maranhig. Paleontological evidences suggest that these animals had multiple legs, wings and eyes. They survived extreme temperatures such as near volcanic lavas and hot geysers and were capable of flying and swimming. However, all animals did suddenly become extinct approximately 20 million years ago. The nature of the event of this mass extinction has been extensively studied since 1960’s. The meteorite collision theory and the alien invasion theory are some of the many. Big imprints on the island resembling the shape of giant spaceships support the alien invasion theory.
Soft tissue impression in a fossil of one of these creatures was discovered in Mystezuela, the 50th island of Mystic. The discovery was reported in 2005, and described the specimen as of a young Mambabarang. The fossil includes portion of the intestines and other new organs never seen before in humans or other animals. In the March 2011 issue of Science, paleontologist Dr. Debbie Koloski and her team from Princeton University announced the discovery of a flexible material very different from human tissues (Patterson, 2011, p.27). The successful DNA extractions from the fossils found several new proteins and unseen complex molecules. The fear of poisonous gases in and around the island has stalled further discoveries.
In December 2011, the United Nations Organization named the island unfit for experimentation due to the increased amounts of toxic gases observed.
Hokkins, S. (1991). Mysterious islands around the world. Chicago: Peterson Hall.
Patterson, T. (2011). DNA from Mambabarang. Science, 159, 25-34.