Stegosaurus Carving In Ta Prohm :
On one of the crumbling wall of Ta Prohm temple, there’s a small carving of what looks like to be of a dinosaur – a Stegosaurus to be exact. This carving is found in the backyard wall of this stone temple engulfed in jungle vegetation where the roots of centuries-old banyan trees snake through broken walls.
This temple became famous after parts of the Tomb Raider movie were shot here, the temple got a public relation lift and has become one of the site’s top tourist draws. But many tourists still come and go without spotting the enigmatic Stegosaurus carving.
Many theories are trying to explain the existence of this carving. Some even go to the extent of claiming it as a recently carved hoax, while others say that the ancients could have discovered a fossil and figured out what kind of creature it was. Another theory says that the image is actually of a Cow or Rhino with a palm tree in the background and the palms leave being easily mistaken for the fin-like blades running down a Stegasaurus’ back.
Is it possible that maybe this carving is the evidence that dinosaurs still existed in these parts of the world long after the period that we thought they were supposed to be extinct? Perhaps in the humid, ancient jungles of Southeast Asia, where the climate has remained largely unchanged since the dinosaurs’ days?
News of dinosaur bones found in Asia shouldn’t come as a surprise. In 2014, news circled the globe of dinosaur fossils found in Malaysia. Malaysia is best known for being a tropical country and is more renowned for the Petronas Towers than being the once home of prehistoric animals. Scientists did discover a bipedal creature in this country that looked like a Tyrannosaurus but one that had a snout like a crocodile.
It wouldn’t be far stretched to assume that dinosaurs may have walked other Southeast Asian countries like, say Cambodia, perhaps? That’s exactly what creationists Don Patton, Carl Baugh and some of their associates want to argue. That the Ta Prohm Dinosaur is the real deal.
In their defence, the animal in the carving in the Ta Prohm Temple does at one glance look like a Stegosaurus. And who wouldn’t love the idea of that kind of creature walking around and sharing the same space as humans, right? Anyone who loved The Land Before Time as a child would surely love the idea of a real-life Spike that walked the ancient Khmer Empire.
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