posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 10:33 PM
A very interesting photo. Unfortunately, it is very blurry, which makes it suspect.
The animal depicted appears to be a Brontosaur, or some closely related species. To be fair, it does appear to be consistent with the latest theories
on brontosaur physiognomy (IE, the face seems to be flat, with a high forehead, suggesting high mounted nostrils). Also, we do have evidence that
Brontosaur was at least partially aquatic.
However, the main problem I see with the "long lost dinosaur" theory is, where the hell are the rest of them? Anyone who knows much about biology
will know that for a specific population to exist for any extended period of time (and this would be over 65 million years!) it takes more than just
one reproducing pair.
The specific size of the survivor population depends on many variables, such as proclivity for reproduction, average number of offspring,
survivability, suitability of environment, longevity, ect. Therefore, a survivor population could range from dozens to hundreds. For a population to
survive for 65 million years, it would take hundreds to thousands.
Then comes the question of why wasnt it discovered before? I can buy that some populations may remain unknown for extended periods, based on size of
the animal, the specific environment, and its average intelligence (I personally believe that it is very possible for a survivor population of
Sasquatch to exist, as they seem to exhibit considerable intelligence and live in very secluded and hard to access environments).
However, an animal this size, requiring a very sizable survivor population for that long a period, I find it VERY hard to believe they wouldnt have
been found long ago. There is also the fact that Brontos had very voracious appetites: If a survivor population did exist, they would have denuded
large swathes of vegetation, thereby giving themselves away. Also, I find it hard to believe that ANY population is going to exist for 65 million
years without some very substantial mutation/evolution, essentially changing thier very form.