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Dinosaurs In Literature, History and Art:
Ancient Costa Rican Tyrannosaur Representation at the Art Institute of Chicago? .... Page 53

Here at when surfing the net in the dinosaur area, we increasingly bump into our own pages. We know also that many people unsuspectingly surf in into the middle of this dinosaur in literature section and thus aren't sure what they've gotten themsleves into.

If you're one of those people, you were probably looking for a nice picture of a sauropod, or of a tyrannosaurus rex.

Surprise! The purpose of this entire section, which as of now comprises 53 pages is to prove that dinosaurs and men coexisted in the recent past.

We began with the proposition and strong belief that the Bible is true and thus; that dinosaurs were part of the creation, that they therefore lived with man and that man would have certainly made reference to them in ancient art, history and literature. We set out to find evidence of that and from the beginning it was always right there as expected.

Costa Rican Metate

The pieces below are called "metates" and are carved stone "tables" which are assumed to have been used for grinding. These pieces are pre-columbian, are Costa Rican and date from a period of 100 B.C. to 800 A.D.. Our featured piece is exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and clearly represents a tyrannosaurus or other meat eating theropod such as gigantosaurus.

Previously on Page 48 of this section, we looked at a tyrannosaurus representation and discussed evidence indicating that meat eating dinosaurs had lived in South and Central America. This piece represents further evidence that they did live in those areas and that man coexisted with them.

Costa Rica. Carved Stone Metate. Pre-columbian. 100 B.C. to 800 A.D. Photo: by Joy Wang. Art Institute of Chicago, 2003. Click and Drag Photo to resize..

Frontal view. Costa Rica. Carved Stone Metate. Pre-columbian. 100 B.C. to 800 A.D. Art Institute of Chicago. Click and Drag Photo to resize.

Comparison of two views with artist rendering of a tyrannosaur.

"The discovery of the STAN skull, in its disarticulated state gave scientists new insight into the structure of the T. rex skull. New bones were discovered which had been thought to be parts of other bones.

Particularly curious are 2 bones on each side just above the orbit (eye socket). These two bones give T. rex the look of heavy eyebrows, and the hint of a horn-like structure above the eye"…Michael Covel on Stan, a nearly complete T-Rex skull.

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Left: Bird effigy metate. (toucan). Costa Rica, Atlantic watershed. A.D. 300-700 Carved volcanic stone. L. 77.5 cm. (30"). Ht. 38 cm. (15") © Justin Kerr

Right: "The Costa Rican curved stone tables with three legs are wonderful and Lot 133 is a good example. The zoomorphic metate from the Guanacaste-Nicoya region is dated Late Period IV-V, circa A.D. 300-700. It is 26 1/2 inches long and has a modest estimate of $6,000 to $7,000. It sold for $13,200"
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