Mysterious Anomalies: Walking With Dinosaurs (and Humans)?
The most substantial piece of evidence that dinosaurs once lived along side humankind are prehistoric petroglyphs and paintings found throughout the world that clearly resemble the appearance of various dinosaurs. For example, one of these petroglyphs in particular can be found at Natural Bridges, National Monument Utah. Its creation is attributed to the Anasazi Indians who lived in the region approximately between the fifth and fourteenth centuries. It is apparent that the Anasazi Indians are representing a dinosaur, specifically a Brontosaurus (now referred to as Apatosaurus). However, we seem to forget that the species Brontosaurus excelsus was not discovered until 1879, hundreds of years after the creation of this petroglyph. Thus, it seems nearly impossible that a group of ancient Indians would accurately depict a dinosaur without ever making any contact. Ultimately, we are left with three options: Either the Anasazi Indians were sophisticated archeologists, capable of mind-traveling into the past, or simply put, they coexisted along side at least one dinosaur species at some point in history. At this point, the later is currently the most rational explanation.
Dinosaur Petroglyph Replica
This is a 1:1 scale reproduction of a petroglyph (rock art) that was originally discovered in 1879 in the Havasupai Canyon in Arizona. In 1924, a scientific expedition was sent to the canyon to document the artifacts and petroglyphs left behind by the Native Americans.
The director of that expedition, Samuel Hubbard, said the following about the above petroglyph, "The fact that some prehistoric man made a pictograph of a dinosaur on the walls of this canyon upsets completely all of our theories regarding the antiquity of man. Facts are stubborn and immutable things. If theories do not square with the facts then the theories must change, the facts remain." (Discoveries Relating to Prehistoric Man by the Doheny Scientific Expedition in the Hava Supai Canyon Northern Arizona, Oakland Museum, Oakland California, October and November 1924, p. 5)
There is a very heavy desert varnish on this petroglyph, which authenticates its antiquity and thus its authenticity. This is not a modern forgery.
Ancient Dinosaur Depictions.
There are stories of a plesiosaur-like creature seen in Queensland, Australia. Both aboriginal peoples around Lake Galilee and tribes farther up to the north tell of a long-necked animal with a large body and flippers. "Elders of the Kuku Yalanji aboriginal tribe of Far North Queensland, Australia, relate stories of Yarru (or Yarrba), a creature which used to inhabit rain forest water holes. The painting [left] depicts a creature with features remarkably similar to a plesiosaur. It even shows an outline of the gastro-intestinal tract, indicating that these animals had been hunted and butchered." (CEN Technical Journal, Vol.12, No. 3, 1998, p. 345.)