London, June 16 (ANI): The sudden appearance of a 400-foot Phoenix rising-from-the-ashes crop circle in Wiltshire is actually a warning about the end of the world, believe experts.
The bizarre design was discovered in a barley field in Yatesbury near Devizes.
Now, investigators are claiming that more formations are referencing the possibility of a cataclysmic event occurring on December 21, 2012, which coincides with the end of the ancient Mayan calendar.
According to the Mayan's belief, civilization exists within a series earth cycles of 144,000 days each with the 13th expiring in December 2012, resulting in Armageddon, reports The Telegraph.
Crop circle enthusiast Karen Alexander, from Gosport, Hants, said: "The phoenix is a mythical creature which symbolises rebirth and a new era in many cultures across the world.
"Within the crop circle community many believe the designs are constantly referring to December 21 and its aftermath.
"This could be interpreted as the human race or earth rising again after a monumental event.
"The patterns are becoming more intricate with every find and it is exciting to think how they are going to evolve by the time we get to 2012."
Other recent crop circles include - giant jelly-fish and one image discovered in Wiltshire in June which experts dubbed the most 'mind boggling' they had ever come across. (ANI)