Are dinosaurs extinct?

The evidence, when reviewed, tells us otherwise

An asteroid? The evidence says otherwise.

If you were to Google that statement (“Are dinosaurs extinct?”) you would probably get thousands of articles and papers saying that dinosaurs died out 65 millions years ago. In fact, you don’t have to look much further than a Christian daycare. This daycare sold a book, Learn to Draw Dinosaurs (a drawing book for kids 6+), that states:

The latest evidence shows that a large asteroid hit the earth right around the time of the dinosaurs’ extinction. But most dinosaur experts believe this is just one of many reasons the dinosaurs died out. 1

Those other “reasons” include:

  • Mammals ate the dinosaur’s eggs 2
  • Remake of above states: mammals were better suited to environment at end of the Cretaceous period, leaving the mammals to control. 2
  • Volcanoes and sea level changes would have caused climate change, which would have produced plants and food not suitable for dinosaurs. 2

But, none of these theories have evidence. 2

So, did the dinosaurs go extinct?

Actually, there have been many sightings of very strange animals and creatures.

The following accounts, supporting that dinosaurs did not go extinct as first thought,  have been recorded within the last 700-4.000 years.

  • A Sumerian story dating back to 2000 BC or earlier tells of a hero named Gilgamesh, who, when he went to fell cedars in a remote forest, encountered a huge vicious dragon that he slew, cutting off its head as a trophy.
  • When Alexander the Great (c. 330 BC) and his soldiers marched into India, they found that the Indians worshiped huge hissing reptiles that they kept in caves.
  • China is renowned for its dragon stories, and dragons are prominent on Chinese pottery, embroidery, and carvings.
  • England and several other cultures retain the story of St. George, who slew a dragon that lived in a cave.
  • There is the story of a tenth-century Irishman who wrote of his encounter with what appears to have been a Stegosaurus.
  • In the 1500s, a European scientific book, Historia Animalium, listed several living animals that we would call dinosaurs. A well-known naturalist of the time, Ulysses Aldrovandus, recorded an encounter between a peasant named Baptista and a dragon whose description fits that of the small dinosaur Tanystropheus. The encounter was on May 13, 1572, near Bologna in Italy, and the peasant killed the dragon.3

You may notice that every one of the ancient accounts (between 1500’s and 2,000 B.C.) listed, were recorded before the word “dinosaur” was even created in 1841. This is very important point since dragons (dinosaurs) are such a renowned creature in the world and have been a part of historical accounts since ancient times.

But, “dragons” can’t be dinosaurs, they are just mythical creatures. Or are they? Granted, the wings of dragons are probably a modern embellishment (or maybe they are connected with pterosaurs) of these prior listed accounts but if you think about it, dinosaurs and dragons are in fact very similar.

Another similarity of the dragon/dinosaur is the tail. The dragon tail usually has the following features:

  • Long (St. George’s dragon has been said to have a tail a quarter mile long, but, that is an obvious exaggeration)
  • Spiked
  • Scaled

Take the wings off a dragon and this is what you get . . . Kentrosaurus

The dinosaur tail, such as the Stegosaurus or Kentrosaurus, features include:

  • Long (necessary for balance)
  • Spiked
  • Scaled

Backs of dragons and dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus and Kentrosaurus are also similar in texture and form. The resemblance is uncanny!

If all the reasons stated in this article are true why don’t we see dinosaurs roaming the earth today? It could be that we need continue to broaden our definition of what a dinosaur is considered to be, as with the dragon accounts, and we humans will be better able to accept that dinosaurs still exist.

Scientists and humans often make mistakes when labeling a species extinct.  For example, for years scientists told us Coelacanth (a fish) was extinct only to find out in the 1930’s that is was alive and thriving.  This could be the case with the dinosaur.

Maybe Centrosaurus here tasted really good!

This process of extinction labeling is happening still today within nature and the scientific community. For example, certain species of bats, eagles, wolves and many more animals are labeled with protected and endangered status. The reasons animals are put on these lists are natural and part of the side effects of living with man.  Some ways man and nature cause animals populations to ebb and flow are:

  • Man hunts and eats animals
  • Hurricanes and other natural disasters such as:
    • Floods
    • Tornadoes
    • Climate change
    • and any other one you can think of.

These problems, among others, would have brought the dinosaurs to a dangerously low level, just like any other animal today. That is why there have been so few sightings the last couple of thousand of years; but, nonetheless, dinosaurs have not died out and certainly not 65 million years ago.

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Sources:

1 Kimmel, Barbara, Learn to Draw Dinosaurs, Irvine: California. 2004, print.

2 Matthews, Rupert, Dinosaurs Through Time, 2005, print.

3 Ham, Ken, Answers in Genesis, “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” ECFA, 2012. Web. 

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