This discovery is about a year old, but I couldn't find thread about it on ATS...
This carving is one of many carvings in an ancient Cambodian temple at Angkor Wat. The jungle temples of Cambodia were produced by the Khmer
civilization, beginning as early as the eighth and extending through the fourteenth century A.D.
What appears to be a Stegosaurus stenops is found between other animals like monkeys, buffalo, parrots, deer and many more "ordinary" animals.
People are suggesting that the stone carvers of the tenth century "saw" dinosaurs (a stegosaurus) just as they've seen monkeys, buffalo and other
This of course can have several implications.
1. One group uses this "stegosaurus" as proof that dinosaurs lived among man, as supporting "proof" of creationism.
This is what the SOURCE
of the pictures would like us to believe. (Many more pictures and
close-ups on the site.)
2. This on the other hand can indicate that there are still dinosaurs (or an animal that resembles a stegosaurus) living in the Cambodian Jungles.
Well, at least at the time the carvings were made.
3. The sceptics say that it's a "mythical creature", i.e. not a real beast, like Chinese dragons, unicorns, etc. But then again, why put a mythical
beats up with real animals?
4. Others say it's a merely a rhino (the Sumatran rhino?) and the plates that resembles the plates on the back of a Stegosaurus are purely the result
of a bad carving. Or even the work of modern man, i.e. hoaxers deliberately changed the carving with a hammer and chisel to resemble the dinosaur. But
then why no horn and how did they "create" a tail if it's a hoax?
5. Or can we be so bold as to suggest time travel?
There are two (additional) independent sources that supports the idea of a stegosaurus:
At least two very significant books testify to the authenticity of the stegosaurs carving. Ancient Angkor was first published in Thailand in 1999
by River Books Ltd., Bangkok. A small picture of the carving is seen at the bottom of page 143. On page 144 we read, "Along the vertical strip of
roundels in the angle between the south wall of the porch and the east wall of the main body of the gopura there is even a very convincing
representation of a stegosaur."
The large, beautiful 320 page book, Angkor, Cities And Temples, by the same author and photographer, includes a half page picture of the stegosaur
sculpture. On page 213 the author describes it as "an animal which bears a striking resemblance to a stegosaurus".
Again, the source with many more pictures and high-quality, detailed photographs:
Edit: To fix images.
[edit on 18-5-2007 by Gemwolf]