Mr. Nature: The ‘Tyrannosaur Petroglyph’

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So you look at this thingy carved into the sandstone wall of Havasupai Canyon, Arizona, and what do you see? I’m afraid I see a prehistoric Droodle: “Worms evicted from apple, trying to move into an olive.”

But a lot of people, over the years, see something astonishing. They think this is a depiction of… a Tyrannosaurus rex.

I’ve read about this petroglyph for years, but never until now saw a picture of it. I was expecting something that at least sort of looked like a tyrannosaur. This ain’t doin’ it for me: and once upon a time my favorite comic book was Turok Son of Stone, about a couple of Indians who stumble into a canyon where dinosaurs still live. I really wasn’t going to be that hard to please.

How many creationists have written of this petroglyph as proof positive that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time? How many have triumphantly declared that this totally overthrows Darwinism? (Hear me out, guys–I’m on your side.)

But the drawing doesn’t look like anything.

Darwinism is indeed silly, but not because of any petroglyphs. You can’t reconcile the deep conservatism of DNA with the idea that one kind of animal “evolves” into another.

God created dinosaurs, and God removed them from the earth. Why? We don’t know. The Bible tells us everything we need to know (as Rev. Mark McCreary says), not everything we’d like to know. God has left us plenty to find out on our own. All we can say for sure is that if there are any dinosaurs alive today, we don’t know about it.

We have to do better than this petroglyph. It is not proof of anything. For all we know, the thing the artist was trying to draw was no bigger than the drawing itself. He might’ve even magnified it. But I am sure I could’ve drawn a more convincing tyrannosaur than that when I was five years old.

This is not to be confused with the art we find in Ice Age caves, which depicts living (at the time) animals realistically and with great skill that wasn’t matched again until high civilizations had developed… or been re-developed. So much about the deep past that we don’t know! We give God thanks for providing us with so much to investigate.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

2 responses to “Mr. Nature: The ‘Tyrannosaur Petroglyph’

  • unknowable2

    That is definitely not proof positive of a cave drawing of a T Rex. It could be, but it could be a lot of other things as well.

    The discovery of elastic tissue in some dinosaur fossils has given me cause to be less than dogmatic about the timeline. I don’t claim any viewpoint with regard to the age of the earth or the ages of life thereupon. I have viewed a number of video presentations of a Flood based explanation of geology and find their arguments quite sound. If, indeed, the various strata of the earth’s soil were deposited by the Flood, sometimes thousands of feet deep, then it’s hard to find much evidence of just how things were before that event. It would be as if a giant blender were turned on and all of pre-Flood history was scrambled.

    The only reliable explanation will come after God sets matters straight. I believe that the currently available information is insufficient to form any absolute conclusions.

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  • Joshua M. Swanson

    It definitely looks like a dinosaur!!

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