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6 Famous Mysteries That Have Already Been Solved (Slideshow)

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1. What Happened to Atlantis?

Well, nothing did. That’s because it almost certainly never existed in the first place. For one thing, science doesn’t support it — due to plate tectonics, it’s geologically impossible for an entire continent to have disappeared so recently in the past. Still skeptical? Here’s another important tidbit — the existence of Atlantis wasn’t even taken seriously in antiquity. It wasn’t until recently that the “lost continent” achieved its “unsolved mystery” status!

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:30AM PST on Feb 24, 2013


some mysteries should stay mysteries...

7:35AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012


12:17PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

# 6 states that "only humans and chimps are susceptible to contagious yawning" which is actually incorrect.

Dogs yawn in response to another dog, or a human, yawning. They have even been found to be more reliable in the response than humans are.

11:33PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012


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9:36AM PDT on May 8, 2012

The chicken/egg question is easily solved if you believe in the bible. God created chickens, not eggs!

4:11AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Thank you for the answers to these unsolved mysteries!! Pretty interesting!!

3:17PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

IMHO, the chicken/egg mystery will largely depend on whether you are thinking on a typical bird egg, or in any kind of egss. If one is not limitimg him/herself to your standard bird egg, then just by looking at the phylogenetics it is clear that the egg came first.

I haven't read the British scientist's conclusions, but it really seems a bit pointless if their result is not the aftermath of a deeper investigation focusing in something else. I spent 8 years working with eggs for my doctorate, and there are really issues more relevant and practical, both for humans and the species whose eggs you're studying, than this.

9:42AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

I still think the egg came first, otherwise where did the chicken come from?

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