posted on May, 25 2007 @ 12:24 AM
Problem one - that doesn't look like a Stegosaurus. Unless, I suppose, your idea of what a stegosaurus looks like comes from children's programming
like Barney or somesuch. Big head, humped back, dragging tail...
Problem two - Stegosaurs did not make it even into the middle cretaceous. They went extinct not too long after grasses evolved, resulting in large
stretches of grassland opening up - a bad situation for a browsing animal specialized for softer leaves. This grass explosion resulted in a plethora
of hadrosaur and cerotopsian niches arising, including more browsers - the stegosaurs were outcompeted in North America and Asia, and lingered on
along with Sauropods and other "relics" in South America until the KT event.
Problem three - A relict population of stegosaurs would have evolved and changed in the time since the KT event. 65 million years is a long time. Odds
are they would be unrecognizable - for one, having large plates running along the back would be a useless adaptation in a world that hasn't had
downward-attacking large predators since, well, the extinction of the dinosaurs. If they were radiator panels, they would again be relatively useless,
given that Southeast Asia is a rather warm place with dense forest - solar panels would be ineffective and redundant.
What is it? My money is on it being a hoax. It looks extremely clean and fresh for being an ancient carving in a tropical environment. It resembles a
poor rendition of Othniel Marsh's first description of Stegosaurus stenops, and really doesn't resemble much else - if it weren't for the high, but
dragging tail, it could be a pig, a tapir, or a rhino.