Adapted from an article by Bill Cooper by Ian Taylor
The evolutionary model teaches that dinosaurs became extinct millions of years before the emergence of man so that no man could ever have seen a living dinosaur. However, there are written records from various ancient people that describe human contact with living giant reptiles whose descriptions fit those of dinosaurs in every respect. The most remarkable records of all are those of the early Saxons, Danes and others encountered in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. These records describe the reptiles in most graphic detail which itself has been the cause for controversy within the scholarly ranks of those who study early European literature. These details enable us to reconstruct the physical appearance of some of these creatures. For example in the Volsungs Saga which is related to the Beowulf legend, the slaying of the monster Fafnir was accomplished by Sigurd digging a pit and waiting inside the pit for the monster to crawl overhead on its way to water. This allowed Sigurd to attack the monster’ soft under-belly.
[Note: Another account of what could be this encounter with Fafnir comes from a man named Siegfried in Topeka, Kansas. After a seminar he showed Glenn Kailer a family history book written hundreds of years ago, which he had thought to contain myth. The book includes an account of an encounter between one of his ancestors (also named Siegfried, probably the same man as Sigurd in the Volsungs Saga) and a dragon named Fafnir, which was described as having “a gaping mouth, sharp curved claws and bat-like wings.” The description plus an excellent wood-cut print of Siegfried and Fafnir show that it was obviously a flying reptile. One could attempt to claim that this was “merely the same myth.” However the accurate description and picture of a Pterodactyl, prepared centuries before their remains were discovered, makes this a rather difficult claim to sustain, even for evolutionists. Editor]
However, it is the epic poem Beowulf which provides us with the most valuable descriptions of the huge reptilian animals that, only 1400 years ago, infested Denmark. Beowulf himself, an historical figure, grew to become a seasoned dinosaur hunter, and he was renowned for having destroyed predatory monsters from the land and even sea lanes which made life hazardous in parts of Northern Europe. Fortunately the Anglo-Saxon poem, written in pure celebration of his heroism, has preserved for us not just physical descriptions of some of themonsters that Beowulf encountered but even the names under which certain species of dinosaur were known to the Saxons and the Danes….
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