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Dinosaurs in history?

Yes, that's correct. Dinosaurs in the written historical record. There are numerous accounts of dinosaurs in the written historical record of many of the world's ancient cultures. The word that is commonly used today to describe extremely large "extinct" reptile creatures is the word dinosaur.

The word "dinosaur" was created in 1841 by an English Scientist named, Sir Richard Owen. He created the word to describe giant lizards that had recently been discovered in the fossil record. Prior to 1841, the most common term in the english language used to describe giant lizards was the word, dragon.

The dragon, no doubt, has been romanticized down through the ages, but when you look back into the historical records of nearly every culture in the world you find stories about men seeing and killing dragons.

So who are the guys at the top of the page?

From the left the men are Herodotus, Ulysses Aldrovandus, Pliny the Elder, and Marco Polo. All of these men recorded seeing different types of creatures that they called dragons. To read about their accounts use the hyperlinks attached to each name.

I thought dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago!

So did I...., at one time in my life. Then I started learning about evidence that is suppressed because of a common bias among most geologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and folks of a rather high minded ilk. This bias is due to the following presuppositions 1. The earth is millions if not billions of years old; and 2. The dinosaurs died off millions of years ago. These presuppositions prevent them from being objective when evaluating anything related to ancient history, geology, archeology, etc.

It is presumed by these high minded folks that the historians and writers from the past regularly added false information regarding simple observations which at times included very detailed information about large reptile creatures.

Let me give you an example of the bias that I am talking about. At the following link (American Museum of Natural History) as of 1/19/2010 under the heading Dragons and Dinosaurs the following statement is made: "with their enormous size, reptilian shape and threatening teeth and claws, some dragons might easily be taken for cousins of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Living dinosaurs did not inspire the dragon idea-they died out long before people were around to observe them." The writer seems pretty sure about that statement. You would think that he was the one there making the observations. These men were intelligent and learned men who were competent in making scientific observations. They had no reason to lie, and they knew that what they were writing would be scrutinized by their contemporaries. These men saw dinosaurs.

Dragons were recorded throughout ancient history, and historical records seem to refer to them as real living creatures. Nearly every culture in the world has historical records, stories, and legends that include dragons. Every culture had names for these large reptiles. Some of the most common names are contained in the following table, and the hyperlinks attached to each culture will take you to pages that give more detailed information about each cultures dragon history.

China Loong
Japan Ryu
Philippines Bakunawa
Siberia Yilbega
French dragon,dragun,dargon
Turkey Ejderha
Greece Drakon
Portugal Coca
Romaina Balamr
Slavic Zmeg, Drak, Smok
Hungary Sarkany
Britain/England Wyvern, Dragon
Sardinia Scultone
Wales Y ddraig goch
Korea Yong, Imoggi
Vietnam Rong, Long
India Neak
Persia Azhdaha
Germany Lindworm
Tartar Zilant

Dragon history is nearly universal throughout the world's ancient cultures. Where did this global concept originate? Why is it so universal among cultures who were separated by continents? How did societies throughout the world describe, record, draw, etch, sew, and carve these creatures with such uniformity, if they had not been eyewitnesses of them?

Watch the movie: Forbidden History to learn more about this fascinating subject. See the evidence for yourself.

The Bible, which has proven itself to be one of the most accurate ancient historical records that we have today, also records information about the dragon, and it also mentions leviathan, behemoth, cockitrice, fiery serpent, and fiery flying serpent which all, to some extent, fit the description of "prehistoric" and now-extinct reptiles. Follow the hyperlinks on the name of each creature to see what the Bible has to say about each of them.

By this point you may have questions like some of the following:

  • Why did dinosaurs get so big in the past compared to reptiles to day?
  • If dragons were dinosaurs did some of them really breath fire?
  • I thought the dinosaurs died off when a meteor hit the earth, is this true?
  • Why are there so many dinosaurs in the fossil record?
Follow the links to find the answers to these questions and also visit our Dinosaur Facts page to find the answers to other questions as well.