Dinosaurs and Man
Evolutionary, deep time enthusiasts have to suffer with living in a world of hypocrisy. Anyone born and educated in an industrialized society has been taught, without any doubt, that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago before even the common ancestors of modern men had evolved from their lower mammalian kin. The entire dinosaur species was killed off by a massive comet impact some 65 million years ago that devastated the entire globe. This means that mankind, at no time, lived simultaneously with any dinosaur. I was taught this, along with everyone else in the late 20th century, as undeniable fact.
Yet, our pop culture, particular in the television and cinematic media, portray dinosaurs and men living together in many of their programs and movies. Entire generations of audiences have been raised watching cartoons, like the Flintstones, Sid and Marty Kroft’s, Land of the Lost, movies like the Godzilla series from Japan, 1,000,000 B.C., Jurassic Park, and Dinotopia. Such shows have to aggravate the atheist gatekeepers of societal “truth” over at the National Center for Science Education to no end.
Now my deep time detractors, both religious and irreligious, are going to say: “Now Fred. C’mon, everyone knows TV shows and movies are meant to be fantasy. You’re being ridiculous.” However, the idea of dinosaurs and men living together is not a modern day phenomena found only with children’s programming and blockbuster films. History is replete with eye witness stories of men seeing sea serpents and dragons. These creatures are found represented in both literature and art work that goes back thousands of years in nearly every culture in the world. Of course, the typical response once again by deep time detractors is to say these mythical creatures merely represent the fancy imaginations of tall story tellers or drunk sailors. People were telling stories about monsters to scare kids to good behavior, or dead giant squids were being misidentified. Plus, they will add, none of these animals looked like what we know about dinosaurs from the fossil record.
But this is not entirely true. How does one explain the images of dinosaur-like animals found among such native Indian cultures as the Mayans and Incas in pictographs, on pottery, in carvings, and woven in textiles? Indian cultures generally did artistic renditions of animals they saw with their own eyes. Horses, buffalo, deer, bears, snakes, birds and other similar animals are visually represented in much of their artwork. So are dinosaur-like creatures. But again, the response by the “scientific” elite is to say they were either simpletons who didn’t know how to draw a proper alligator or barking mad young earth creationists are twisting the images to mean what they want them to mean. Both of those scenarios are a bit absurd seeing that ancient cultures made excellent visual representations of animals we see today and those animals in their art are easily identifiable. There are also some stunning details often overlooked and dismissed by modern critics.
For example: consider the rock carvings of the Mongollon Indians who once inhabited the American Southwest. There are a few images on the rocks to the left. The most dominate two is what appears to be a deer or antelope on the right, but an odd looking creature on the left. It’s walking on all fours, has an elongated head, what appears to be a tail, and stripes down its body.
A person could say it’s just a bad etching of an armadillo; it is an animal native to the American Southwest. But, seeing that I have hit plenty of them with my car over the years, I find that hard to believe. Armadillos don’t have tall, slender legs, plus the big ears are missing. I don’t think an ancient Indian artist, no matter how prehistoric, would miss such obvious details. The image, however, does look an awful lot like a hadrosaur, the duck-billed species of dinosaur. The stripes running down the image’s body are a bit intriguing. In 2007, a mummified hadrosaur specimen was discovered in North Dakota. A portion of the animal’s skin had been fossilized, so a CT scan was performed on the remains at the Boeing aircraft facility in Seattle. The most interesting discover made by the scan is the skin had a striped camouflage pattern, which indicated the entire body of the dinosaur was striped similar to other modern day reptiles. If this happens to be an eye-witness of this animal, the striped pattern would be a significant detail.
Another group of cultures that feature “dragons” or dinosaurs in their art work is found among the Indians in Peru. For instance, note this carving found among the Wari’ Indians:
There are at least two “dinosaur” looking creatures placed in amongst other animals found in Peru like leopards and birds. In the top left corner, an odd animal that resembles a three-horned dinosaur, a Triceratops, and then next to it is a long necked sauropod animal like an Apatosaurus. The Apatosaurus carving is remarkable, because a distinct serpentine neck is visible, as is a long tail with its body being supported by four legs underneath it.
Now, the easy thing to do is declare all these carvings, pictographs, pottery, and other similar artifacts to be frauds or hoaxes. Especially when you have such a clear example of what appears to be dinosaurs. Perhaps there are some examples of fraud and outright hoaxing, but all of them? Really? It is also easy (more lazy, really) for creationist critics to claim anyone who sees “dinosaurs” is a crank. I stumbled across one website operated by some eccentric atheist woman who rebuilds harps and writes against creationists with the finesse of a Peter Ruckman. She has devoted a lot of her time arguing all creationists believing and teaching dinosaurs lived with men are con artists and liars. But the fact I personally know a few of these individuals she accuses of being professional liars, it is fairly clear to me the woman is working out her God issues in her rants. Yet, let us grant there are some muddled creationists seeing dinosaurs with some of these relics that aren't really there. Are all of those images being misidentified?
In addition to the ceramic art and pictures, the more stunning proof of dinosaurs and men living together is the forensic evidence being uncovered by evolutionary paleontologists. As I have noted on a few occasions over the last 4 years, viable dinosaur tissue is being extracted from supposed fossilized remains; enough so that protein and DNA can be identified and marked. How is this explained? Typically by sticking their fingers in their ears. Not even that kooky harp woman deals with it in any meaningful depth in her screeds against creationists.
At any rate, creationist critics will continue to say Christians are dumb to believe God created dinosaurs on the sixth day of creation, and will still complain bitterly of the Creation Museum is teaching junk science for having a model dinosaur that children can sit on (like practically every secular museum does). Meanwhile, artifacts will continue to be uncovered that exposes their folly. Ultimately, the outrage against creationists who believe men and dinosaurs lived together has nothing really to do with defending the truth. It has all to do with rejecting the history of the world the Bible reveals.