article on the young earth creation science website Answers in Genesis titled "Messages
on Stone," by Dennis Swift, tells the tale of rock art, dated from as
late as 1200 A.D.1
rock art depicts dinosaurs and mammoths, and was drawn by natives of
North, Central, and South America.
author tries to use this as proof that these beasts lived in the past
few thousand years. If true, then dinosaurs are not millions of years
old, but instead are products of God’s creation event that occurred
only 6,000 years ago.
fossil evidence has ever been recovered of dinosaurs which lived in the
past several thousand years. Without that, there is no proof of Mr.
Swift's claims. What we probably have in the rock art is this...the
first paleontologists! Indians who found these massive fossil skeletons
probably depicted them by drawing the beasts, to try and guess what
they probably looked like.
author inadvertently gives credibility to this argument. He states that
in the American Southwest, there is a pictograph that looks like a
pterosaur, which is a Cretaceous flying reptile. He goes on to state,
"not far away from this site, the University of Ohio quarried a fossil
artist was most likely trying to flesh out the creature that he saw in
the rock record somewhere in the past.
fact, this is probably the source of many mythical beasts, such as
fire-breathing dragons. They were seen in the rock record, and the
primitive peoples tried to describe them, and from that the folk-tales
grew. It is no wonder that the Chinese culture is so immersed with
dragons, given the immense number of dinosaur fossils coming from China.
was not until the 19th century that true, objective paleontology
began. Dinosaur discoveries were first published then, and with
the concurrent growth of newspapers, it got a lot of attention. But,
since these fossils have always been there, they certainly were not the
first dinosaurs to be discovered.
Creation Magazine, Volume 19, Issue 2
Published on the web at: answersingenesis.org/docs/1123.asp
2006, Old Earth Ministries
113, 2007 March)