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At the same time in Babylon, there existed a terrible dragon revered and honored in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar called Daniel to answer for his lack of deference towards a living deity. Daniel asked permission to defeat the dragon.
1.) Dinosaur fossils were found in ancient times and people created stories and myths about what they were based on their fossilized skeletal remains.
2.) Some form of Dinosaurs survived in isolated pockets and were sometimes hunted and feared, while in others, were venerated and idolized.
originally posted by: SargonThrall
In your theory the South and Central American civilizations worshiped literal feathered serpents. One would expect these serpent bones in the temples, similar to Apis bull worship. One would expect depictions of them with priests, or people of high class. Verbal tales of literal epic captures of the creatures. Instead the tales make gods seem very human and emphasize duality. Notice how serpents were often depicted with human faces: