4.10 – ALIENS & DINOSAURS (5.4.12)

NEW DISCOVERIES [11b]

Oxfordshire, England. 1819. In a quarry just outside the village of Stonesfield, paleontologist William Buckland discovers several fossilized bones of an enormous unknown animal, including portions of a lower jaw with teeth still in place. Though similar bones had been found in the past, Dr. Buckland was the first European to officially record the discovery of a “dinosaur,” or as he called it, a megalosaurus. Since then, dinosaurs have been discovered on every continent in the world.

“There are all kinds of dinosaurs that have been found. You have plated dinosaurs like the stegosaurus, you have horn dinosaurs, you have meat-eating dinosaurs, you have all sorts of dinosaurs. They live in very different environments, deserts, subtropical forests, by the seashore.”

– Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D.
(Dir., Dinosaur Inst., Los Angeles Natural History Museum)

“The largest land animal that we see today is the elephant. But the elephant would be a midget in comparison to one of these titanosaurs. You’re talking an animal that weighed maybe 25 times the weight of an adult male elephant. These animals reached lengths of about a 120 feet and weights of a hundred tons. The plant-eaters would have been dangerous simply because of their size. Walking in between a herd of titanosaurs that weighed at a hundred tons, you know, would have been deadly, probably, let alone being face-to-face with a T rex.”

– Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D.
(Dir., Dinosaur Inst., Los Angeles Natural History Museum)

“The dinosaur really speaks to us. Every child has his fascination with dinosaurs, and we know that they were able to fly. We know that they are able to frighten you. They are, to some extent, supernatural creatures.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“One of the things with planet Earth was that in ancient times, everything was bigger and all the animals were bigger and plants were bigger. Everything was gigantic.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The world of the dinosaurs was completely different from our world.  During the age of the dinosaurs, many other animals lived. You have giant reptiles swimming in the ocean, flying reptiles flying over the heads of dinosaurs. You also have insects, mammals, amphibians and other creatures. But dinosaurs were the king of the land.”

– Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D.
(Dir., Dinosaur Inst., Los Angeles Natural History Museum)

“We imagine in science fiction what it would be like to travel to an exotic, exciting, strange alien world where these giant creatures roaming around the planet, and it happened here on Earth in our pre-history.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

While scientists have been studying dinosaur fossils for nearly 200 years, their theories about what these giant creatures were and how they lived often change with each new discovery. Recently, paleontologists have determined that Tyrannosaurus Rex was most likely covered not with scales, but with feathers.

“We found feathers of dinosaurs that are actually preserved in amber, and so dinosaurs, we now believe that many, if not most of them, had a feathery covering of some kind. We know they had very complex behaviors. They ate eggs that we find show that many dinosaurs made nests on the ground that they protected from predators, and they brought food to the developing young.”

Mark A. Wilson, Ph.D. (Prof. of Natural Sciences, College of Wooster)

“In the past, we envisioned dinosaurs as lethargic, gigantic reptiles that were slow and sluggish. That notion has changed completely. We interpret them now as being much more active. Many of them were feathered and presumably they were warm-blooded. We know that they grew very fast. Essentially dinosaurs were very atypical reptile, if you want. We still have a lot to learn about the dinosaurs.”

– Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D.
(Dir., Dinosaur Inst., Los Angeles Natural History Museum)

“It used to be easy to define a dinosaur. But defining a dinosaur has become more complex.”

Mark A. Wilson, Ph.D. (Prof. of Natural Sciences, College of Wooster)

But while paleontologists continue to discover information on the lives of dinosaurs, Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe there may be an otherworldly connection to their demise.

“When looking at dinosaurs, there’s some key questions that really need to be answered. We don’t know their level of intelligence, we don’t really know what happened to them. More importantly, where do they come from?”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“Scientists truly believe that dinosaurs ruled this planet for 165 million years. In comparison, modern homo sapiens – humans – have only been around for about 200,000 years. So, dinosaurs are by far the dominant species in the history of this Earth. But in the early 1800’s, if you told someone the Earth used to be teaming with giant beasts, some of which weighed over a hundred tons, that person would say to you, “You’re crazy.”  And yet, today, the dinosaurs are scientific fact. Dinosaurs could very well have been an early experiment by extraterrestrials with life on Earth. This planet has been capable of supporting life for millions if not billions of years.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

The accepted belief within the scientific community is that dinosaurs dominated the planet until a catastrophic event wiped them out 65 million years ago.

“There was a mass extinction that essentially exterminated maybe 50% of what was alive. Among the 50% are the last dinosaurs that lived during the age of the dinosaurs. Things like triceratops, T rex.”

– Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D.
(Dir., Dinosaur Inst., Los Angeles Natural History Museum)

“We are speculating, and we have seen science trying to come up with answers, and so how the dinosaur disappeared is something which is still an open question to which science has no answer so far.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“It is possible that extraterrestrials may have wanted to trade out the dinosaurs for a more intelligent species in their likeness and Earth was the perfect place to do it.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Were the dinosaurs killed off by a cosmic natural event as mainstream scientists believe?  Or might the dinosaurs have been the target of extermination?  Perhaps the answer may be found by examining numerous ancient carvings and other artworks  – in which dinosaurs and man are shown to have coexisted.

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