Skip to comments.Did Angkor really see a dinosaur?
Posted on 06/23/2014 9:24:28 AM PDT by fishtank
Did Angkor really see a dinosaur?
Jonathan OBrien and Shaun Doyle
The September 2007 Creation magazine back page feature article Angkor saw a Stegosaur? showed a stone carving on a temple of Angkor, Cambodia, (a. 1200 AD), depicting what looks like an artistic impression of a stegosaurian-type dinosaur.1 As such evidence clearly supports the biblical view of dinosaurs, it naturally provoked the ire of vocal atheists. Here are their objections:
If it is a dinosaur, they carved it from fossils
The plates along the back of the animal are unlike all the other decorative designs in the temple walls. One objection is that the temple carvers may have carved the stegosaur from nearby fossils. However, it takes a lot of training and skill to accurately reconstruct from fossils what a dinosaur looked like.2 There is no evidence that such was available in Cambodian culture of the time. As one dinosaur researcher has noted, if there are reasonably accurate dinosaur depictions that pre-date modern advances in the science of fossil reconstruction, then a tremendously powerful case can be made that dinosaurs were being depicted not from the bones, but from real-life encounters.3
Moreover, no stegosaurian fossils have ever been reported in Cambodia. Therefore fossils are unlikely to have been the basis for the carving on the temple.
(Excerpt) Read more at creation.com ...
CMI article image.
Close-up of the Angkor stegosaur carving. The trademark scales on the back have made it so easily recognizable that CMI speakers have never received another suggestion for what this animal could be other than a stegosaur.
From the website:
“”A readers comment
Patrick G., United States, 23 June 2014
Evolutionists have often strongly criticized creationists suggesting this artwork to be a stegosaurus. The problem is that one of the first people to suggest this in print wasn’t a creationist at all.
A photograph of this particular sculpture is found in the book Angkor Cities and Temples on page 215. The corresponding description of it is found on page 213:
“Roundels on pilasters on the south side of the west entrance are unusual in design. In particular, that at left shows an animal which bears striking resemblance to a stegosaurus.”
The man who described it in this manner was Claude Jacques, a long standing member of the Ecole Francaise d Extreme Orient. He lived in Cambodia for nine years where he taught Khmer history at the Archaeology Department of Phnom Penh. By reading his other comments throughout the book, it is obvious he was an old earth evolutionist. His credentials and time in the region should make him an expert in anyone’s mind. Yet he still saw this artwork as resembling the extinct dinosaur more than any other animal found in this area.
Anyone who wants criticize this carving being interpreted as a stegosaurus should start by criticizing this man first.””
CMI article caption.
The context of the Angkor stegosaur shows that it is pictured with numerous animals known to the locals, such as a water buffalo (above the stegosaur).
has to be.
People from the future time traveled back to Angkor, drew a picture of a stegosaurus for the stone artist, then went back to the future.
This is far more plausible than the idea that the stegosaurus was a contemporary of humans...
[ The plates along the back of the animal are unlike all the other decorative designs in the temple walls. One objection is that the temple carvers may have carved the stegosaur from nearby fossils. However, it takes a lot of training and skill to accurately reconstruct from fossils what a dinosaur looked like. ]
I disagree, any culture that deals with people who are butchers and hunter will have a decent idea of what an animal once looked like based off it’s bones.
Clearly this sculptor had once visited Kong Island.
Note that Angkor is largely ruins, supporting the Godzilla theory.
It’s not a Stegosaurus.
There is no Thangomizer attached to the tail.
Are there any other artifacts from the same region and period that depict the other animals? Why only that one, and why only a stegosaurus?
What’s the animal at the very base of that column?
I don’t know exactly what it means but I have noticed that dragons are pretty much the same in all ancient peoples.
They also look suspiciously like some dinosaurs.
I’ve read that some of the Mayan designs look like elephants,
And Earl Stanley Gardener, writing about Mexico, said there was a man who bought hundreds of statues of dinosaurs, found in the area.
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Maybe it's a curelom?
I so miss the Far Side cartoons.
In Cambodia? It was seared - seared! - into Angkor’s memory. Christmas 1968, I think it was! Nixon was president, even though he wasn’t inaugurated yet.
I don't get that. How does that "clearly support the Biblical view of dinosaurs"? That's a 3200 year old carving. Creationist dogma says all of the dinosaurs were wiped out in the Great Flood 800 years before this carving was made.
Sorry, I misread that. This is an 800 year old carving, made 3200 years after the dinosaurs were supposed to have been wiped on in the Great Flood. That’s not anywhere near lining up with the Creationist timeline.
There is a group of creationist who believe there is a possiblity of present day dinosaurs and travel all around the Congo Basin looking for ‘them’.
So, Garudas really existed along with Dino's?
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