Does this carving provide evidence of dinosaurs existing during human times?
Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia was built by the epic builder king Jayavarman VII in the late 1100s, and is located relatively close to Angkor Wat.
This magical destination is the home of a series of temples, which were carved out of the jungle in the 12th and 13th centuries by Khmer devaraja (god-kings), and is considered the largest group of religious complexes ever created.
However, if you blink you’ll miss one of the more fascinating mysteries of the temples! Located in an obscure area on one of the temple walls, a small hand-sized carving seems to show a depiction of a stegosaurus dinosaur!
According to Atlas Obscura:
“Several different theories have been advanced to explain its presence. Some maintain it’s a recently-carved hoax, while others say that the ancient Khmers could have unearthed a fossil and figured out what kind of creature it belonged to. One theory has it that the image actually shows a cow or rhino with a palm tree in the background – the palm’s fronds being easily mistaken for the fin-like blades running down a stegasaurus’ back.
Or maybe the carving is evidence that dinosaurs really did live on until much later than previously thought. (Creationists would certainly like to believe so.) Perhaps here in the humid, ancient jungles of Southeast Asia, where the climate has remained largely unchanged since the dinosaurs’ days, giant reptiles lived on well into the human era – long enough to persist in the Khmer folk-memory.”
What are your thoughts? Is this an elaborate hoax or proof of the cohabitation of dinosaurs and humans?