For many years, experts were baffled as to why mysterious patterns in the shape of circles appeared in farmers’ fields.
The experts’ most popular hypotheses on what the mystery circles are have been compiled by the Live Science webpage.
Crop circles are most often seen in the United Kingdom, according to BBC Travel. Similar situations have, however, become more common in other parts of the globe in recent years.
According to The Smithsonian Magazine, the earliest depiction of this phenomenon is in a 1678 etching depicting a field sowed with oats, the stems of which had been flattened into circles.
According to Australian Geographic, the first appearance of such circles, which became famous across the globe, was in 1966. Then a local farmer claimed to have seen a flying saucer take off from the grass in a nearby marsh.
When the guy arrived at the claimed UFO takeoff spot, he saw the grass had been flattened into circles. Experts then speculated that the strangely flattened sedge stems may have been left by local creatures. Another theory said that the rings were caused by fungus dwelling on plants.
According to Nature, the following crop circle account dates from the 1970s. Furthermore, from then until the 1990s, the number of eyewitness reports rose. Eyewitness reports from recent encounters indicated sophisticated geometric patterns made out of circles, from which some artisans were able to extract mathematical equations.
The most intricate design was recorded in July 1996, when, according to Harry Eilenstein, author of “Crop Circles for Beginners,” a fractal pattern developed near Stonehenge in less than an hour. The picture was so complicated that it couldn’t be explained by weather or other natural events.
Crop circle collectors, according to National Geographic, have a variety of hypotheses concerning their genesis. One of the more ridiculous theories claimed that the odd circular patterns were generated accidentally as a result of hedgehogs’ peculiar mating behavior.
Other ideas claimed that the circles were caused by extraordinary winds. Horace Drew, a molecular scientist, thinks the circles are made by time travelers or aliens. “Believe,” “There is good there,” “Beware of carriers of false gifts and their promises,” and “We are against deceit,” he says he was able to understand the messages contained in the patterns.
Other academics, on the other hand, argue that if these circles were left by an alien intelligence, they are unlikely to contain false biblical teachings. If the patterns stored information on how to contact aliens or the secret of traveling at the speed of light, it would make more sense.
Despite the many explanations, the most credible one is that the circles were created by mankind. Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, two guys from Southampton, England, confessed to creating the mystery circles seen in Hampshire and Wiltshire in 1991.
They most likely have imitators or followers. According to The Smithsonian Magazine, individuals who believe in the extraterrestrial origin of the circles claim that there are “actual” circles left by non-humans.
At the same time, all studies agree that, in the vast majority of situations, all crop circles are circular in form and occur at night. Because the circle is the simplest to make, and because the hoaxers are operating under the cover of darkness, no one will be able to see them.
However, whatever crop circles are, there isn’t a single piece of evidence that indicates how they were created. It’s possible that their writers are humans, but it’s also possible that they aren’t. Neither has been established.