Hi to everyone, I'm new here and maybe this came up before...
Assuming that humans and dinosaurs once lived together one would expect them to impact the culture of their day.
Now, I'm aware of dragon legends etc., but would be interested in knowing whether there are more specific instances in art and literature that bear witness of encounters with dinos (descriptions, fights, hunting, depictions, artwork,...)
Actually Leviathan and Behemoth in the Bible may fit such a requirement (and there might be a few rare examples in the pagan/secular culture), but overall it seems there aren't many traces left.
Or maybe I am not aware of them. Does anybody know of such instances? Any thoughts?
Thanks & Rgds,
Marco, from Italy
Even though large vertebrate fossils such as those called dinosaurs compose an extremely small percentage of all fossil samples, there are many complete or virtually complete skeletons. So their former existence is affirmed, unless you doubt all fossil evidence as figments of our imaginations. Fossil animals are classified in a similar way as living creatures, using a variant of the Linnaean classification system. Now, I'm no fan of the contemporary influence of molecular biology on taxonomy, but the underlying principle of classification by morphology is valid and is a proper aspect of biblical dominion. Even if you subscribe to baraminology, you still have to assign creatures into smaller taxa to make it work.
After the Fall, I believe that members of many orders of vertebrates, not just those we call dinosaurs, moved from being herbivores into omnivory, and ultimately into carnivory, or they became necrophage scavengers, all by natural selection. They likely contributed to the violence in the earth spoken of in Genesis 6:12, 13. While representatives of the dinosaur kinds were preserved on the Ark, they likely never attained after the Flood the numbers they enjoyed before the Flood because of either climatic conditions or that the necessary food base was insufficient to support them before they went extinct.
I agree that dragon legends are probably racial memories of dinosaurs, and perhaps there is a cultural connection between the Serpent in the Garden, dragons, and dinosaurs. Interestingly, the Greek word for 'dragon' in Revelation is the same word that the Septuagint translators used to speak of serpents and sea monsters in the Old Testament.
Back to the OP, many years ago I recall viewing a painting from Medieval Europe showing a noblewoman walking a large (~6-8 ft long) reptilian creature on a leash. The painting was notable for its accurate attention to detail, perspective, and proportion. A comment on the painting noted that the the reptilian creature was very similar to reconstructions of an amphibian dinosaur (not a crocodile or alligator). I wish I could remember where I saw this painting. The presence of such a creature in the household of a nobleman suggests that some dinosaurs may have survived the Middle Ages. This would agree with the other evidences cited above, such as a stegosaurus being immortalized in the bas relief carvings of 12th-century Angkor Wat.
Ron Craig wrote: "Evolution has been observed in a laboratory?!?! I think not! Please tell me the scientific journal or treatise where I can see that experiment and subsequent conclusion with my own two eyes!"