The co-occurrence of men andwould dispel an Earth with vast antiquity. The entire history of creation, including the day of rest, could be accommodated in the seven biblical days of the Genesis myth. Evolution would be vanquished. (Louis Jacobs, 1993: 261, Former President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology)
There are carvings and figurines from around the world that show that the artists must have seen a living dinosaur from time to time.
Natural Bridges National Park, Utah, The park literature attributes the petroglyphs to the Anasazi who inhabited the area from approximately 400 A.D. to 1300 A.D.. (Courtesy of Dr. Don Patton www.bible.ca)
Acambaro, Mexico Figurines
In 1945, Waldemar Julsrud, discovered a collection of 20,000 or more ceramic figurines in the village of Acambaro (a few hundred miles from Guadalajara), Mexico which, unlike the Ica Stones, can be dated easily and with a fair amount of accuracy since they are made of clay. The figurines ( See Picture 8 ) most likely originated from the Chupicauro civilization that flourished from approximately 500 B.C. to 500 A.D.. This amazing collection contains at least 23 known types of dinosaurs and others that are still unknown.
Because thousands of figurines strongly suggest that ancient man actually saw living dinosaurs, the discovery was quickly claimed to be a hoax. Dr. Swift notes the measures taken to determine conclusively that the figurines were not a hoax as claimed, but are in fact authentic:
In 1955 Charles Hapgood, respected Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, conducted an elaborate investigation including extensive radiometric dating. He was accompanied by Earl Stanley Gardner, former District Attorney of the city of Los Angeles, California and theof Perry Mason. They falsified the claim that Julsrud manufactured the figurines, by excavating under the house of the Chief of Police, which was built 25 years before Julsrud arrived in Mexico. Forty three more examples of the same type were found. Three radiocarbon tests were performed by Isotopes Incorporated of New Jersey resulting in dates of 1640 B.C., 4530 B.C. and 1110 B.C.. Eighteen samples were subjected to thermo luminescent testing by the University of Pennsylvania,all of which gave dates of approximately 2500 B.C.. These results were subsequently withdrawn when it was learned that some of the samples were from dinosaurs. (Swift 2006, emphasis mine)
Acambaro Dinosaur Figurine (Courtesy of Dr. Don Patton www.bible.ca)
Carving in Cambodia
In January of 2006, Drs. Patton and Swift journeyed to Cambodia to the temple monastery, Ta Prohm. The temple was built by Jayavarman VII in honor of his mother and dedicated in 1186 A.D. (See Picture 9 Temple Monastery Ta Prohm). The walls of the monastery were decorated with hundreds of all kinds of animals, one of which was a creature that closely resembles a stegosaurus. Drs. Patton and Swift note that the likeness of a stegosaurus has also been observed by two magazines. One of the magazines states, “Along the vertical strip of roundels in the angle between the south wall of the porch and the east wall of the main body of the gopura there is even a very convincing representation of a stegosaur.” (Ancient Angor 1999) [iii]
Temple Monastery Ta Prohm (Courtesy of Dr. Don Patton www.bible.ca)
Stegosaurus-Looking Creature (Courtesy of Dr. Don Patton www.bible.ca)
Three Possible Answers
Thus, we are left with essentially three possibilities regarding the evidence showing men and dinosaurs together. The first is that man and dinosaurs actually lived together 65 (plus) million years ago. This, of course, is unacceptable to the evolutionary model and is obviously contradictory to the belief in a recent, literal, six-day creation. The second possibility is that dinosaurs did not die out 65 million years ago, but rather continued until the time of early man one million years ago according to the evolutionary time scale. The third is simply that man and dinosaurs lived together in the relatively near past (less than 10,000 years ago). None of these options is very acceptable to evolutionists; but the evidence that men and dinosaurs coexisted is ample though it is only visible to those willing to see.
This selective vision caused by the evolutionary paradigm has prevented many people from reaching the conclusion that dinosaurs (etc.) did not die out millions and millions of years ago – in spite of continual discoveries of living species thought to have died out millions of years ago. In 1938, a fish, the Coelacanth, which was believed to have died out with the dinosaurs, was discovered as still living. Keith S. Thomson, Executive Officer, Academy of Natural Sciences states that:
Off the coast of southern Africa, in the winter of 1938, a fishing boat called The Nerine dragged from the Indian Ocean near the Chalumna River a fish thought to be extinct for 70 million years. The fish was a coelacanth, an animal that thrived concurrently with dinosaurs. (Thompson 1991 book cover, emphasis mine)
Thompson also notes concerning the Dawn Redwood that it was “thought to be extinct worldwide until living specimens were found in central China in 1945” (Thompson 1991: 72).
A similar example is in a 1994 article entitled: Newfound Pine Goes Back in Time – It was Believed to be Extinct. The tree was thought to have been extinct for 100 million years.
David Noble was out on a holiday hike when he stepped off the beaten path and into the prehistoric age. Venturing into an isolated grove in a rain-forest preserve 125 miles from Sydney, the Parks and Wildlife Service officer suddenly found himself in a real-life ‘Jurassic Park’-standing amid trees thought to have disappeared 150 million years ago. “The discovery is the equivalent of finding a small dinosaur still alive on Earth,” said Carrick Chambers, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens. “The biggest tree towers 180 feet with a 10-foot girth, indicating that it is at least 150 years old. The trees are covered in dense, waxy foliage and have a knobby bark that makes them look like they are coated with bubbly chocolate.”
Barbara Briggs, the botanic gardens’ scientific director, hailed the find as one of Australia’s most outstanding discoveries of the century […] “The closest relatives of the Wollemi Pines died out in the Jurassic Period, 190 million to 135 million years ago, and the Cretaceous Period, 140 million to 65 million years ago.” (Salt Lake City Tribune, December 15, 1994, p. A10, from Associated Press, emphasis mine)
All three examples are surprise discoveries merely because the billions of years of evolution are considered to be an established (and uncontestable) fact. Fish and trees thought to have coexisted (and died out) with the dinosaurs have been found to still exist. Perhaps there is so much surprise because the paradigm of when the dinosaurs lived and died out is wrong. We saw that the Bible plainly talks about dinosaurs under names such as tanninim, behemoth, and Leviathan. According to the Bible,[i] See: created dinosaurs during the first six days along with man. If we read the first six days in Genesis as literal days, we are not surprised by such discoveries; we anticipate them and are strengthened by them. Furthermore men and dinosaurs carved on stones are not a problem, but a simple confirmation of what God has already revealed.http://www.skepdic.com/icastones.html and http://www.csicop.org/si/2004-07/hoaxes.html [ii] The reader is encouraged to study Marvin Lubenow’s Bones of Contention as mentioned earlier as well as Jack Cuozzo’s Buried Alive (2003) to examine the evidence. [iii] “Ancient Angkor was first published in Thailand in 1999 by River Books Ltd., Bangkok.” Pg. 144. They also state: “The large, beautiful 320 page book, Angkor, Cities And Temples, by the same author and photographer, includes a half page picture of the stegosaur sculpture.” On page 213 the author describes it as “an animal which bears a striking resemblance to a stegosaurus.” See bible.ca/tracks/dino-art.htm