Here at s8int.com we certainly think its reasonable to accept the label; pelican, as given by the experts re the birdlike artifact below, a Mochica culture (200 B.C. to 800 A.D.)vessel.
However, while some pelicans and some pterosaurs had similar heads, the fact that pelicans were feathered and tended to have long necks argues for an identification of pterosaur. Additionally, the teeth and hindskull also suggest a pterosaur rather then a pelican.
One thing is certain, the experts would never have considered the pterosaur, thought to have been extinct millions of years prior to the Mochica culture's appearance as a viable alternative identification. What do you think?
Mochica Culture replica. Photo by Oscar Miranda. Click and drag photo to resize.
Ancient Native American civilization on the coast of N Peru. Previously called Early Chimu (see Chimu), the Mochica were warriors with a highly developed social and political organization.
They built temples, pyramids, and aqueducts of adobe brick, were skilled in irrigation, and produced remarkable ceramics. In their stirrup jars, painted with scenes of everyday life, and their figure-modeled portrait jars they revealed fantasy and humor and achieved an astonishing fidelity to human forms.
The civilization, which began c.100 B.C., is believed to have lasted 1,000 years....Source: Answers.com
This piece below is considered by experts to be a very rough representation of a goat, and they attribute its out of place features (for a goat)to the fact that it is "unfinished". The body was not found and is imagined here in this recreation. Dotted lines represent what they think are missing pieces that complete the goat representation.
As usual, we are suggesting a possible alternative explanation which would not have been considered by the experts due to its assumed prior extinction; a ceratopsian dinosaur.
Pre-Hispanic ancient artifact. Click and drag photo to resize.
"This extended face is a zoomorphic head, made in ceramics or cooked mud, with dimensions of 1.8 xs 3.2 xs 6.2 centimeters, in the form of a goat head, the ears were fragmented in 14 small pieces and incomplete, , the right horn, the left eye and the kid, by its neck we know that it was attached to a body and could represent a whole goat of about 15 centimeters in length.
..The manufacturing process began by superposing on it the prolongation of the neck with small portions of mud until completing the form of the head. In spite of its erosion its details appear unfinished, which could suggest that it is a simple toy. Previously there have been found animal heads, some stranger like chimera like animals, and pigs and birds but it seems that this is the first representation of the pre-Hispanic goat.
Mountain goat. Click and drag photo to resize. The eyes and the nose acquire the style of the author, first are simple circles of çm. of diameter are front and not to the sides and the nose, the short mouth does not even have to do with the reality." Translated text.
Description written by FRANCISCO L. HAIRDO RODRIGUEZ.
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