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Question #84712 posted on 11/29/2015 5:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you guys think about the inscription of a stegosaurus at the Ta prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia? I just realized that dinosaurs weren't technically discovered until the 19th century. Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century. Do you think they really knew about dinosaurs from bones? I've never heard of any dinosaur bone findings in Cambodia because it's pretty much a swamp. Some say it's a boar. I don't buy it. Some say it's like an elephant with a palm tree behind it. I'm not sure what to think about that either. Young earth creationists claims that it's evidence man and dinosaurs coexisted! Like to hear if any of you have any other theories and if what you think of it. I don't claim to have any idea of what the implications are but I'm strait up convinced it's a dinosaur.

Indiana Jr.

A:

Dear you,

This map shows where stegosaurus fossils have been found. Those dots in Asia are relatively close to Cambodia, so it's totally possible that they either found a fossil, or had heard about the creature from neighboring countries that found fossils.

This can't be evidence that dinosaurs and humans coexisted, because other dating techniques, such as radiometric dating, don't have a margin of error wide enough to account for the millions of years between us and the dinosaurs.

I personally think it looks more like an elephant with decorative triangles, but the stegosaurus fossils seem possible to me as well.

-Zedability