Man and Dinosaur Co-existence
Ancient Hammered Copper Ornament Depicts Bat?--or "Baby Pterosaur"?
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The image to the left is of an ancient ornament from the Moche culture, ancient Mexico, circa 100 to 300 A.D. The gallery where this was found identifies the object as a bat on a crescent from the north coast of Mexico. The gallery may in fact be correct but we see another, more plausible explantion.
Actually, our theory would be more plausible to all concerned, we believe if it were not for the theory of evolution. As part of that paradigm, dinosaurs and certain of their co-inhabitators were believed to have become extinct millions of years ago.
Our Friends, the bat on U.S. stamps.
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Here at s8int.com, we believe that this ancient ornament represents a baby pterosaur rather than a bat. Here's why; the first an most obvious description of the "crescent" is that it represents an egg--such as when a baby chick breaks through its eggshell.
Bats are mammals and as such are born alive, No bats are hatched from a egg. On the other hand, pterosaurs are/were reptiles and did in fact hatch from eggs. There are a variety of types of bats and of pterosaurs and so its not possible to conclusively decide which type of bat or which type of pterosaur is being represented here. However, we provide a photo of several types of bats and one type of pterosaur which appears to be similar to the ornament.
You can decide for yourself what is in fact being represented, but we note that if one looks carefully at the ornament, you can see the tell-tale tail of the pterosaur hanging down slightly on the front of the "eggshell".
Earlier this year, scientists found a fossillized pterosaur egg in China. How would ancient South American peoples of the Moche culture be able to accurately represent a pterosaur exiting its eggshell (if in fact its not a bat), unless the artist had seen it happen?
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"A bat looks somewhat like a mouse. At one time they were called a "flittermouse". This was because they were thought of as a flying mouse. Others thought of the mouse as a bird.
The bat is more closely related to primates. Bats can fly like a bird. But, they do not have feathers, build nests, or lay eggs. Bats are mammals. Their bodies are covered with fur.
They are born live and not hatched from an egg. There are almost 1,000 species of bats. They are different in size, color, body features, habitat and diet. They live in nearly every part of the world.
The most unusual ones live in South and Central America. The most numbers are found in Africa."
"Pterosaurs were an order of flying reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. The pterosaurs ranged in size from a few inches to over 40 feet. They had hollow bones, were lightly built, and had small bodies.
They had large brains and good eyesight. Some pterosaurs had fur on their bodies, and some (like Pteranodon) had light-weight, bony crests on their heads that may have acted as a rudder when flying, or may have been a sexual characteristic.
Pterosaur wings were covered by a leathery membrane. This thin but tough membrane stretched between its body, the top of its legs and its elongated fourth fingers, forming the structure of the wing. Claws protruded from the other fingers.
WHEN PTEROSAURS LIVED
Pterosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era, the Age of Reptiles. The primitive types of pterosaurs (rhamphorhynchoids) appeared during the Triassic, and died out at the end of the Jurassic period.
More advanced pterosaurs (pterodactyloids) appeared late in the Jurassic period and died out during the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago, during the K-T extinction (65 mya)." ...EnchantedLearning.com