Controversial Tracks

In my book Water Monsters South of the Border I wrote at length of the possibility that a remnant population of dinosaurs are alive today in South America and Africa. On its face, this sounds ridiculous—I am well aware of that. But, is it possible?

In my book, I brought up a lot of anecdotal evidence for the existence of dinosaur-like creatures. Natives deep in the Congo have legends of Mokele-mbembe, a creature whose descriptions closely match the diplodocus. There are tales of similar creatures in the remote reaches of the Amazon. If local legends are true, there certainly seems to be something strange hiding in the remote corners of our planet. Additionally, it could be argued that dragons found in myths and legends all over the globe could be interpreted as dinosaurs.

Unfortunately, stories are not enough. Is there any physical evidence that could be used to corroborate the legends?

Texas Tracks

The limestone beds along the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas is home to fossilized tracks that are very controversial. Preserved in stone are tracks that appear to show dinosaur and human tracks—together.

The area around Glen Rose is a hotbed for dinosaur tracks. In the early part of the 20th century, many tracks were discovered including fossilized “giant man” prints.

Take a look at a couple of pictures of the tracks:

Of course, the tracks—at least the thought of human tracks intermingled with those of dinosaurs—have been largely discredited by naysayers. What appear to be human tracks are said to also be dinosaur tracks that have eroded in a way that makes them appear human-like. This may very well be the case. However, even if the tracks were clearly, indisputably human, I’m not sure that they would get a fair shake. After all, everyone “knows” that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago—modern humans have only been around for a fraction of that time. Case closed; it is as simple as that.

If the Paluxy tracks are actually human and dinosaur tracks in the same layer, then we have corroboration for the stories of living dinosaurs. Moreover, many of our views of the past are due for reinterpretation—radical reinterpretation. Could it be true?