Construction Worker Digs Up Mind-Blowing Key to the Prehistoric Era

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When Shawn Funk was working at his normal construction job, he wasn't expecting to uncover anything unusual—that is, until his crane his a big rock. What followed that initial bump in the road would not only just change Shawn's life but also all of human history, forever...

Shawn Funk

Shawn Funk wasn't expecting much from another day on his job site. At the time, he was employed by and working for the energy company Suncor. He and the rest of the construction crew were working inside of the Millennium Mine. This mine is found only about 17 miles north of Alberta, Canada's Fort McMurray. Shawn was working on the backhoe when his life would change forever...

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Deep Mining

The company was given the task of collecting the crude oil deep within the mines. It seemed like pretty straightforward work at the time, and so Shawn and the team quickly got to digging. Using his machine to cut through dense layers of rock and sand, Shawn was unaware of what lay underneath his crane. This wasn't just any old soil. It was actually once filled with animals, plants, and marine life hundreds of millions of years ago... 

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