Three Possible Pre Columbian Dinosaur Representations

Posted by Chris Parker
Jan 08 2008

The museum describes this gold piece from the Tiwanaku, pre-columbian culture as “zoomorphic. Zoomorphic; Having the shape, form, or likeness of an animal. Indeed it is a likeness of an animal, but what animal?

If you believe that man and dinosaur missed each other by 40 million years, perhaps you’ll be firmly convinced that the animals here are “mythological” dragons or perhaps crocodiles.

Here at, we have no problem believing that they represent “dinosaurs”.

Below left, is a sample of early dinosaur drawings made by scientists in the mid-1800’s based on a number of large dinosaur bones that were being discovered in Europe and in the Americas. As you can see, though they are intended to represent iquanodon, they look very primitive in comparison to the modern drawing of iquanodon, also included.

These pre-columbian animals were sculpted between 200 A.D. and 1000 A.D., by artisans at least 850 years prior to the “scientific” dinosaur drawings shown here. Clearly, the scientists in the 1850′s did not have the benefit of having seen the creatures alive as did the artisans of the Tiwanaku culture, whose dinosaurs are very close to being “modern” in their appearance.

In addition, we have two other precolumbian pieces on this page that provide evidence that at least in the Americas, dinosaurs and men co-existed and interacted.

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