A Mammoth. Click and drag photo to resize.
When you hear that science has discovered a new collection of "prehistoric" art, what's the first thing you look for?
Right! Dinosaurs! Umm, Right?
That's because (if you're a Christian) you know that all the animals on dry land were taken aboard the ark at the time of the great flood and thus all were around (including dinosaurs)at least directly after the great flood. (Dinosaurs, like most reptiles grow every year of their lives but hatch from eggs--so Noah would have taken the smaller juveniles aboard.)
A Horse Depiction.
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That would mean that from time to time people living in the past would probably have represented "dinosaurs" in their art just as they represented other creatures in their environments.
If on the other hand, you believe "science", then you accept as fact that man and dinosaur missed each other by millions of years. This we've tried to disprove in this section by showing that those creatures were indeed included in the art of ancient peoples.
A friend of s8int.com's, Mathew T. noted in an article about the discovery of "prehistoric" art at Vogelherd Cave in Germany that among the very exquisite pieces representing an equine, a lion figure and a mammoth, were also two that remained "unidentified".
Mathew investigated further and passed along an interesting picture or two.
One of them is shown at an interesting angle, perhaps calculated to obscure what the piece actually depicts. More likely, we're just being paranoid. As usual, one will just have to make up his or her own mind.
The first "unidentified" piece has been identified by s8int.com as a sauropod dinosaur, curiously shown from a top view. Immediately below is a similar top down view of an ancient Chinese sauropod.
At the bottom of the trio is the neck and skull of an Apatosaurus, a type of sauropod.
"Sauropoda, the sauropods, are a suborder or infraorder of the saurischian ("lizard-hipped") dinosaurs. They were the largest animals ever to have lived on land. Well-known genera include Apatosaurus (formerly known as Brontosaurus), Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus.
'Sauropod' is derived from 'lizard foot' in Greek.
Sauropods' most defining characteristic was their size. Even the dwarf sauropods (perhaps 5 to 6 metres, or 20 feet long) were counted among the largest animals in their ecosystem.
Their only real competitors in terms of size are the rorqual whales, such as the Blue Whale. But unlike whales, sauropods all lived on land. Some, like the diplodocids, probably held their heads low, while others, like Camarasaurus, held them high"...Wikipedia
In southwestern Germany, an American archaeologist and his German colleagues have found the oldest mammoth-ivory carving known to modern science. And even at 35,000 years old, it's still intact.
Archaeologists at the University of Tübingen have recovered the first entirely intact woolly mammoth figurine from the Swabian Jura, a plateau in the state of Baden-Württemberg, thought to have been made by the first modern humans some 35,000 years ago.
It is believed to be the oldest ivory carving ever found. "You can be sure," Tübingen archaeologist Nicholas J. Conard told SPIEGEL ONLINE, "that there has been art in Swabia for over 35,000 years."
In total, five mammoth-ivory figurines from the Ice Age were newly discovered at the site of the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, a site known to contain primitive artefacts since it was excavated in 1931 by the Tübingen archaeologist Gustav Reik.
Over 7,000 sacks of sediment later, archaeologists were again invigorated by the discoveries.
Among the new finds are well-preserved remains of a lion figurine, fragments of a mammoth figurine and two as-yet-unidentified representations.
These, the University of Tübingen Web site explains, "count among the oldest and most impressive examples of figurative artworks from the Ice Age."
Conard said that "the excitement and thrill were immense." He and his colleagues Michael Lingnau and Maria Malina in the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology reported their findings in the journal Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Baden-Württemberg.
The figure of the woolly mammoth is tiny, measuring just 3.7 cm long and weighing a mere 7.5 grams, and displays skilfully detailed carvings.
It is unique in its slim form, pointed tail, powerful legs and dynamically arched trunk. It is decorated with six short incisions, and the soles of the pachyderm's feet show a crosshatch pattern.
The miniature lion is 5.6 cm long, has a extended torso and outstretched neck. It is decorated with approximately 30 finely incised crosses on its spine.
The geological context of the discoveries and radiocarbon dating indicate that the figurines belong to the Aurignacian culture, which refers to an area of southern France and is associated with the arrival of the first modern humans in Europe.
Multiple radiocarbon dates from sediment in the Vogelherd Cave yielded ages between 30,000 and 36,000 years ago, the University of Tübingen reports. Some methods give an even older date.
The preliminary results from the excavation will be presented in a special exhibit at the Museum of Prehistory in Blaubeuren from June 24, 2007 to January 13, 2008.
In 2009, the figurines will be displayed in a major state exhibition in Stuttgart entitled "Cultures and Art of the Ice Age."
The second "unidentified" piece has been identified by s8int.com as a depiction of an ungulate, similar to the toxodon, exquisitely rendered. (How do we do it? Keen eyes, weak mind.)
"Toxodon is a genus of mammals, similar to the capybara but now extinct, that lived in the late Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs in South America.
Toxodon fossils were studied by Charles Darwin on his voyage on the Beagle. It is speculated that this animals was much like hippopotamuses in South America, and was almost certainly hunted by the Smilodon.
T. platensis was a large squat herbivore (about 2.75 m (9 feet) long and 1.5 m (5 feet) high) with the general appearance of a rhinoceros"... Wikipedia
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