With an impressive collection of cave art (drawings & paintings), pictographs, stone sculptures (petroglyphs), carvings and a library of dinosaur-looking ‘historical’ accounts of great beasts, often referred to as ‘dragons’, it is understandable for one to ask the question, “Were dinosaurs alive in a more recent time, coexisting with humans?” Regarding drawings, pictographs and petroglyphs of easily identifiable dinosaurs, it is easy to simply dismiss them as fakes, created in more modern times but this is not a scientific approach, if it is not accompanied by corroborating historical and forensic evidence. As an example, the controversial Acámbaro collection contains approximately 33,000 small ceramic and stone figurines allegedly unearthed by Waldemar Julsrud in July 1944, in the Mexican city of Acámbaro, Guanajuato. Identified by some as dinosaurs and therefore anachronisms, the claim was investigated and radiometric dated by Isotopes Incorporated of New Jersey, giving ages of the samples dating between 4530 BCE and 1110 BCE. In addition, samples were subjected to thermoluminescent testing by the University of Pennsylvania, giving dates of approximately 2500 BC, however, the results were later withdrawn when the U of P discovered that the samples were from dinosaur figurines.
These appear to be figurines of dinosaurs.
This appears to be a ancient human riding a Triceratops.
Cambodian temple stegosaurus carving thought to be over 800 years old.
Here are two (of many) historical accounts:
Lucius Cassius Dio (c. 165 – c. 235), a Roman historian and senator was one of several Roman writers who recorded the account of Roman general Marcus Attilius Regulus’ encounter with a dragon during the 3rd Century BCE. He wrote:
“A dragon suddenly crept up and setted behind the wall of the Roman army. The Romans killed it and sent the hide to the Roman Senate. When the dragon was measured by order of the Senate, it happened to be 120 feet long and the thickness was fitting to the length.”
Even Marco Polo, famed 13th century explorer, wrote about them during his time in the Far East:
“In this province (Carajan) are found snakes and great serpents of such vast size as to strike fear into those who see them … Some of them are ten paces in length … The bigger ones are about ten palms in girth. They have two forelegs near the head but for foot nothing but a claw … The head is very big and the eyes are bigger than a great loaf of bread. The mouth is large enough to swallow a man whole and is garnished with great [pointed] teeth.”