Chimu Culture Pterosaurs?

Posted by Chris Parker
Dec 03 2006

 

This piece is from the Chimu Culture, estimated to have been created from 1200 to 1600 A.D.

 

It features two, very long billed, delta winged, tailed, flying creatures with prominent eye ridges sitting atop a pole. Because of the features just enumerated, a pterosaur is a possible identification. Perhaps pterosaurs did not become extinct millions of years ago.

Alternative indentifications include, pelicans, parrots, herons and the frigate bird among others. Most of these birds have shorter necks and/or bills than the creatures represented here.

These “creatures” have their wings pressed forward across their chests which is not an easy position for a bird obtain, but one which would be relatively easy for a pterosaurid.

Also, again, the eye ridges are particularly reptilian rather than bird-like in our unexpert opinion

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