Keeping in line with the ATS Skunk Works Forum
premise, I thought I'd post some
thoughts of mine I've pondered over the past few decades.
Being fascinated with ancient cultures and Civilizations almost my entire life. I've often wondered about some of their early myths/legends and
deities origins. How, in my mind could I rationalize the concept of the earliest forms of Human cultures and Civilizations having "Myths" ? Does our
true history go back further than we have been taught? But, this thread isn't about that directly, No, it's an amalgamation of a few ATS forum topics
drawn together and presented here in Skunk works with of course an outside the box spin of mine for your reading and contemplation pleasure.
Firstly, lets begin with the extinction of the Dinosaurs, We know they existed, we have their fossilized bones, eggs and nests etc. Secondly, we know
there are modern extant species related to the period of the Dinosaurs rein. Yes, you see the
isn't really the only known living fossil. It comes to us from roughly 75
million years ago, or, rather, a variant there of. See, this is where things in my mind, get rather interesting. Let's turn the clock back to a time
near the end of the Dinosaurs for a minute. We know through the fossil record they were evolving feathers. But why? Was there some form of gradual
climate change taking place and they were simply adapting to cooler temperature which just by chance was interrupted by the whole mass extinction that
we know took place?
It appears that many species were developing feather like adaptations not just the smaller ones which we are taught is where modern birds descend
from. But let's go back to the "Living Fossils" for a second. The modern Crocodiles/alligators are a form of living fossil, so are turtles.
Let's take a quick peak...
Carbonemys cofrinii is an extinct podocnemidid turtle known from the
early Paleocene Cerrejón Formation of Colombia, 60 million years ago, about five million years after the KT extinction event. In 2005, the holotype
specimen was discovered in a Colombian coal mine by a North Carolina State doctoral student named Edwin Cadena. It had a shell that measured about
1.72 metres (5 ft 8 in), making it one of the world's largest turtles. Carbonemys' jaws were massive and would be powerful enough to eat a
Deinosuchus is an extinct genus related to the alligator that lived
80 to 73 million years ago (Ma), during the late Cretaceous period. The name translates as "terrible crocodile" and is derived from the Greek deinos
(δεινός), "terrible", and soukhos (σοῦχος), "crocodile". The first remains were discovered in North Carolina (United States) in the
1850s; the genus was named and described in 1909. Additional fragments were discovered in the 1940s and were later incorporated into an influential,
though inaccurate, skull reconstruction at the American Museum of Natural History. Knowledge of Deinosuchus remains incomplete, but better cranial
material found in recent years has expanded scientific understanding of this massive predator.
Other than size and small variations on a theme they are still with us despite the amount of time that has passed and if it weren't for human activity
and territorial encroachment would be much more numerous. So, science tells us that Birds and some reptiles and a few other specie survived in some
form, the mass extinction to this very day. I don't have issues with the vast majority of Dinosaurs perishing, but not all, in my humble opinion
The Feathered Serpent
was a prominent supernatural entity or deity,
found in many Mesoamerican religions.
It was called Quetzalcoatl among the Aztecs, Kukulkan among the Yucatec Maya,
and Q'uq'umatz and Tohil among the K'iche' Maya.
Feathered Serpent The double symbolism used in its name is considered allegoric to the
dual nature of the deity, where being feathered represents its divine nature or ability to fly to reach the skies and being a serpent represents its
human nature or ability to creep on the ground among other animals of the Earth, a dualism very common in Mesoamerican deities
Interesting description huh? We don't seem to have anything in our 'Modern' animal kingdom lineup that fits the bill. However, we do in the fossil
record. Imagine that. Before we really get into that aspect what does wiki have to say about the description....?
The concept though, where did it originate in the human mind? Think about it for a second in our modern terms. A feathered Reptile. Where have we in
modern scientific terms heard of this? Yes, You're catching on.
No, this isn't as far fetched as some would have you believe. See, the deal is, that we have in our earliest myths tales of such creatures existing.
We also have, in our modern scientific realms proof and such early physical adaptions occurring. We also have living fossils from Earths archaic past
with us today. Why is it such a stretch to imagine isolated pockets of certain prehistoric specie existing right up till Homo Sapien found them either
good to eat or a threat to life and limb that needed to be eliminated?
Some were venerated?
This seems to have been a repeated pattern all throughout human history and all throughout the four corners of the world. I've posted many times here
over the years at ATS that I've often thought that the legends or dragons in my mind could only have two real origins
Dinosaur fossils were found in ancient times and people created stories and myths about what they were based on their fossilized skeletal
Some form of Dinosaurs survived in isolated pockets and were sometimes hunted and feared, while in others, were venerated and idolized.
If the second were true, then this would explain why in Ancient Egypt, Sumer, China and yes, in the New World, they were given descriptions of being
, their evolutionary track were allowed to continue, then they would have developed full fledged feathers not just the basic
rudimentary beginnings as we find in the fossil record.
I don't have much except in the way of conjecture obviously. But, Let's consider what science tells us about mans migration out of Africa. I feel
Humanity, AKA 'Homo something or other', Be it Neanderthal, Denisovan and or yet to be classified/discovered upright cousin/tool user. The 'New world"
the Americas were not supposedly colonized until around 18 to 20 thousand B.C. Which gives us a huge span of time of undisturbed habitats for such
creatures to prosper in their natural environment.
The jungles of Central and South America are notoriously brutal on fossil hunting due to the fact that any carcass left would quickly be consumed and
or, biodegrade rapidly. That's a scientifically proven fact in those regional environments.
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