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Did Men Encounter Dinosaurs?


Review by Greg Neyman

First Published 2009


    In an article on the Creation, Dinosaurs and the Flood website, young earth creation science advocate Charlie Liebert argues that there are several evidences that man encountered dinosaurs.1

     He argues that "most civilizations have legends of 'Dragons' that sound like dinosaurs."  The logical explanation is that in the past, people found fossil remains of dinosaurs, and they were called dragons.  However, there is no reliable record of man encountering a live dinosaur.  To be sure, some ancient peoples may have bragged about beating a dragon, and then showed people the fossil, in an effort to impress the ladies. 

     He mentions the Native American legend of the Thunderbird, which he claims was probably the Quetzalcoatlus, which was a pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous, and died out more than 65 million years ago.  I reference a similar claim in the article Paleontology Pioneers, where Native Americans from many centuries ago drew a pictograph of a pterosaur.  However, within a couple miles, a university quarried a fossil pterosaur.  The artist who drew the pictograph was probably just drawing the fossil. 

     Finally, Liebert mentions Mokele Mbembe, which many young earth creationists claim, is a dinosaur living in the jungles in Africa.  Many  expeditions have been mounted in the jungles in search of this creature, but none have ever been sighted.   The accounts from different tribes in the Congo all give different descriptions, but most describe a hippopotamus to elephant-sized animal.  Pictures of a rhinoceros have been identified as being this creature.  A description, with a list of the expeditions, can be found on Wikipedia.  In summary, there is no proof that this creature is a dinosaur.

     Man has never encountered a dinosaur.  They died out 65 million years ago, long before God created man.   Reports of modern sightings of dinosaurs are easy to explain.


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