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Cambodian temple carving and stegosaurus

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    Posted: 12-Jun-2011 at 19:34
Strange...Ermm
 
The stegosaurus died out a long time ago so how come something that looks like it appears on a Cambodian templerelief (Ta Prohm temple ca 1200 AD) ?
 
 
 
 
Just in case, no evidence for a fraud exists. The historians on Cambodian art don't hold so either. This relief seems as genuine as the other reliefs on the same pillars depicting lizards, monkeys etc :
 
 
Lizard and monkey
 
Some critics argue rightly that the alleged stegosaurus is anatomically not 100 % correct( “head is too big” .. “ the spike at the tail is missing ".. )But in several other temple carvings the heads (and other parts) of elephants, lions, horses are not depicted fully correct either. As long as an animal is recognizable, there is no major problem. 
Anyway,  I don't think a stegosaurus roamed that region in the last millenia and was carved on the temple. Which animal has a better resemblance to the carved one? Any good suggestion?
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  Quote unclefred Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Jun-2011 at 20:44
There are a number of ceramics in Moche period Peru depicting what looks like dinosaurs. I attribute them to fossil finds.
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  Quote Centrix Vigilis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Jun-2011 at 21:15
Probably the best explanation as fossil finds are common enough today that reasonably one might assume the same for earlier periods. The difference being that the then vs. now had little scientific developement to judge what they were in relation to the socio-mythic-theologic culture at hand.
Croc worship in Egypt for example.
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Oct-2011 at 22:16
Fossils are the most plausible explanation. If dinosaurs did exist in South America you'd expect to see photographs, remains or tracks
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  Quote red clay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Oct-2011 at 09:08
Originally posted by Centrix Vigilis

Probably the best explanation as fossil finds are common enough today that reasonably one might assume the same for earlier periods. The difference being that the then vs. now had little scientific developement to judge what they were in relation to the socio-mythic-theologic culture at hand.
Croc worship in Egypt for example.
 
 
It's only been in the last 5 years that the dig notes of hundreds of excavations have been reviewed and indicate that fossil bones have been found at nearly every site in Greece.  They weren't relevant to what they were looking for, so they weren't considered important.  The ancient Greeks worshipped them as the bones of Heroes.  On one site they found a leg bone from a sauropod in the village square.  It was venerated as the bone of one of the Mythologic Heroes.
The Greeks could well be the first paleontologists.
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