Many scientists now believe that birds are actually
survivors of the great extinctions of the dinosaur age.
Did other prehistoric creatures including dinosaurs also
survive the great extinction and persist into early historical times? The
prehistoric Coelacanth did, and was not discovered until the mid 1930's.
There are literally thousands of legends from cultures around the world of
fearsome dinosaur like dragons both in the sea and on land, and of famous
heroes of old that slew dragons and saved cities.
The Old Testament describes an interesting creature
called the Leviathan (Job chapter 41).
"If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the
struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; The
mere sight of him is overpowering." (v 8-9)
"Who dares open the doors of his mouth ringed about with
his fearsome teeth?" (v 14)
"When he raiseth himself up, the mighty are afraid; by
reason of consternation they purify themselves." (v 25)
"He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and
stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. Behind him he leaves a
glistening wake [a bioluminescent wake?]; one would think the deep had
white hair. Nothing on earth is his equal, a creature without fear." (v
Some might consider this is a description of a whale, but
ancient mariners successfully hunted whales. This creature appears to be
something more than a whale. Is this a description of T. rex, or perhaps a
marine plesiosaur? The largest plesiosaurs were powerful marine predators
more than 60 feet long, and were undoubtedly the largest predators ever to
exist on Earth! An encounter with one would surely have been a fearsome
Another unusual creature mentioned in chapter 40 of Job
is the behemoth.
"Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and
which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what
power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the
sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his
limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God."
Note the description of the behemoth's tail. That large tail
rules out any idea that this is a description of an elephant or hippo, and
this creature ranks first (largest?)Can you think of a massive creature past
or present that had a tail as large as a the cedar trees that grew in the
ancient middle east?
Imagine encountering a T. rex like Sue!
Imagine trying to band Sue for a study project!
I think I will sit that one out!
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