Can you find the obvious evidence that humans and dinosaurs lived together in this 5000 year old Egyptian plate?
No? Well, the Institute for Creation Research continues to publish the graphic below suggesting that this is yet more evidence that dinosaurs and humans lived together. They just posted it again on Facebook which spurred me to comment.
Do they seriously think that these “resemble long-necked dinosaurs”? Lets see, feet of a cat, tail of a cat, hip structure of a cat/mammal, jaw of a cat, eyes of a cat, nose of a cat, ears of a cat. A long-necked dinosaur? I think not. Sure, it has a long neck but that is the only characteristic that is similar to a dinosaur. Egyptian art is full of fanciful and chimeric creatures. The exaggeration of characteristic, such as the neck, of an animal is not uncommon. To believe this image represents dinosaurs is to ignore most of the data and the most obvious interpretation of that data and choose to elevate one piece of data, a very general one at that, over all the rest? This is like taking one unclear verse from the Bible and then raising ones interpretation of that to trump all the other clearer texts. Bad hermeneutics and bad observational science.
This graphic is typically seen by a Facebook or ICR website audience in a smaller format and so the details of the animals are obscured. An audience shown this image likely will be drawn only to the neck and not have time to take note of the other features. My first image above shows greater detail and the ICR staff are clearly aware of the details of this image. I find it difficult to imagine they can honestly believe that these images where meant to depict dinosaurs interacting with humans in Egypt.
November 2015 update: I attended an Answers in Genesis conference in November 2015 with my daughter and the speaker showed the image below. He did exactly as I predicted above. He didn’t show a close-up image and he drew the inference that the simplest explanation for the images was that Egyptians knew about dinosaurs. He showed several additional images all of which are equally as dubious to those that know more about the images. This speaker is probably completely unaware of the facts or “observational evidence” with respect to these presumed dinosaur images because he has never investigated them himself but he trusted others as AiG to provide the images and text for his talk. Unfortunately his faith was misplaced with respect to this image and many others.