[Drawing from Dinosaurs By Design by Dr. Duane Gish]
|There exist so many reports and accounts of supposedly extinct "prehistoric" land animals found still living, that I scarcely know where to begin. This section is by far the largest one to cover. I will attempt to highlight in this section some of the more interesting examples of living dinosaurs.|
The Ica Stones
- In 1955 Dr. Javier Cabrera, of Ica, Peru, collected over 20,000 ancient
and decorated stones, which were created by the indigenous Indians of the
area. Portrayed on the stones are images of men and various dinosaurs,
including Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyls,
and dragon-like creatures among others (some of the stones even have men
riding the dinosaurs like horses!)
These stones have an oxidized "patina" on the etchings, which prove that they are not recent in origin, since such a patina only appears with great age. Furthermore, Dr. Cabrera presented samples of these stones to two national universities in Peru, as well as to NASA, for verification and authentication. All the tests showed conclusively that these stones are of great age (at least 1,000 years old). [Ironically enough, when evolutionary investigators were presented with this evidence, they still refused to believe that man and dinosaurs could have lived together. This is a perfect example of how the "evolution-only" explanations of most evolutionists precede their observations, contrary to the way historians examine evidence and draw conclusions].
Ancient Ica Stone of Peru
The Geelong Advertiser, of Victoria, Australia, reported in July 1845 about the finding of unfossilized bone forming part of the knee joint of some gigantic animal. The paper reported showing it to a local Aboriginal person. He identified it immediately as a "bunyip" bone, and unhesitatingly drew a picture of the creature (below):
[Picture courtesy of Creation ex nihilo magazine]
This creature - named by the aboriginees as the "Geelong Bunyip" - was said to be amphibious, laid eggs, and was apparently a bipedal reptile. One of the Aboriginals named Mumbowran, showed "several deep wounds on his breast made by the claws of the animal" (Geelong Advertiser, July 1845).
An animal was reported in Australia called a "Burrunjor," and the description of this Australian animal is very similar to an Allosaurus, a smaller version of the well known Tyrannosaurus. In 1950, cattlemen on the border between the Northern Territory and Queensland reported losing livestock to a strange beast which left mutilated, half eaten corpses in its destructive wake. A part Aboriginal tracker also claimed to have seen a bipedal reptile, 7-8 meters (25 feet) tall, moving through the scrub near Lagoon Creek on the Gulf Coast in 1961.
An animal well known to the native pygmies of the People's Republic of Congo in Africa is the "Mokele-Mbembe," and they describe it as a creature which stays to the lakes and rivers and hardly ever ventures out onto land. It reportedly has an elephant like body, a small head on a long, serpentine neck, and a long, heavy tail which tapers to a point.
[Drawing courtesy of Prehistoric Survivors by Dr. Karl Shuker]
Natives who have been shown drawings of sauropod dinosaurs have always, without prompting, identified the mokele-mbembe with either an Apatosaurus or Diplodocus (both supposedly long since extinct), albeit a smaller version. Interestingly enough, the People's Republic of Congo isn't the only country in Africa which has reports of this kind of animal. The Central African Republic and Gabon have reported similar creatures (The Unexplained, Dr. Karl Shuker, p.92, Carlton Press, 1996).
A second large creature reported from the wilds of Africa is the "Emela-ntouka." This name means "killer of elephants" because the natives of Congo say that it defends its territory against intruding elephants and hippos by stabbing and disemboweling them with a single long, ivory horn coming from the tip of its nose. It is said to be as large or larger than an elephant (perhaps displacing the elephant as the largest living land animal?). Again, since the Congo has so many accessibility problems, it is the perfect place - perhaps even the only place - where such a large animal could remain undetected in our modern age.
[Drawing courtesy of Prehistoric Survivors by Dr. Karl Shuker]
The respected Greek explorer Herodotus described small, flying reptiles in ancient Egypt and Arabia around 460 B.C. These animals sound amazingly like the small dinosaur Rhamphorhynchus. They had the same snake-like body and bat-like wings. He said that these animals could sometimes be found in the spice groves. The well-known Greek, Aristotle, said that in his time it was common knowledge that creatures like this also existed in Ethiopia. Similar animals (three feet long) were described in India by the geographer Strabo ("The Great Dinosaur Mystery" by Paul Taylor, p.44).
According to an account in the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper late last century, two ranchers encountered a "winged monster" on the desert in Arizona. It resembled a huge alligator with an extremely elongated tail and an immense pair of wings. After chasing the obviously exhausted animal several miles, they managed to wound it with their Winchester rifles, whereupon it turned on the ranchers. Due to its exhausted condition the ranchers were able to keep out of its way, and they eventually killed it. Upon examination, its head was found to be about eight feet long, containing strong, sharp teeth, and its eyes were as big as dinner plates. It had two feet, being just in front of where the wings joined the body. The wings were bat-like and transparent, devoid of feathers or hair, along with the entire body. According to the article, it measured about 92 feet in length and 160 feet from wingtip to wingtip (The Tombstone Epitaph newspaper, April 26, 1890).
[Image taken from "Dinosaurs By Design" by Dr. Duane Gish, p.16]
*New evidence now shows that this account was most likely deliberate editorial exaggeration on the part of the newspapers of the day.
Recently discovered in 1995 were dinosaur tracks on a Turkemenian plateau in the former Soviet Union. The Komosomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported that a half-kilometer-wide surface is covered by huge, three-toed prints. But the most mysterious fact is that alongside the fossilized dinosaur tracks, fossilized footprints of bare human feet were found! (Creation ex nihilo magazine, 1996).
The French journal Je Sais Tout tells of an account in 1903 of a
French hunting party, including a priest and several indigenous Indians,
which was hunting elk in the Arctic Yukon. They were preparing a meal when
they suddenly sighted a monstrous animal crossing a nearby ravine - matching
in all accounts a Tyrannosaurus, except that this beast had a rhino-like
horn perched prominently on the tip of its snout (which matches a Ceratosaurus).
It was estimated to be around 50 feet long and weigh about 40 tons. After
being observed for 10 minutes or so, the creature disappeared into the
timber. The hunters tried to interest the local government in a hunting
party, but failed, and they subsequently returned home to France (In
Searth Of Prehistoric Survivors
by Dr. Karl Shuker, pp. 35-37).
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