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May 2, 2019 marked the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.[1] To honour the occasion, the UK’s Royal Collection Trust displayed some of his work. One piece in particular, created more interest. It is a sketch in pen and ink washed over black chalk and comprises 22 separate sketches which he titled, Cats, lions and a dragon.[2]

The drawings show cats and lions in various activities, fighting, resting playing etc. However, as his title stated, he sketched a dragon as well, see enlarged image.[3] Internet sites which feature this page of sketches simply ignore this “elephant in the room” and the Royal Collection Trust describe it as; the most stylised and ‘Leonardesque’, in the coiling dragon.

In 1841 Sir Richard Owen used the name dinosaur in place of dragon. Although both names were used concurrently, after a while, dinosaur replaced the name dragon. How could this drawing possibly be of a dinosaur? We are constantly told that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. And the evolution story tells us that some even evolved into birds.

What is interesting is that da Vinci’s dragon is very similar to a carving on the spiral staircase in the Francois 1 wing of the Chateau Royal de Bloris in France (shown) which was constructed in the early sixteenth century,[4] a similar time to da Vinci’s drawing. Vance Nelson states in his extremely well-presented and thoroughly recommended book (reference 4), that the dinosaur is of the prosauropods group. Notice the head is different, but the unusual coiled tail shown in da Vinci’s sketch, is similar.

Conclusion

Again, we have further hard evidence that dinosaurs co-inhabited the earth with humans, which if being the case, consigns evolution to the waste paper bin.

I have presented much evidence that supports the co-existence of humans and dinosaurs in other blog articles; adefenceofthebible.com/2017/02/14/did-dinosaurs-really-become-extinct-65-million-years-ago, and adefenceofthebible.com/2016/06/16/when-did-the-dinosaurs-die-out. For a Power Point presentation, which is freely available for people to use, but please acknowledge the source, go to: adefenceofthebible.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Dinosaurs-and-the-Christian-Faith.pdf.

[1] He was born on April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519.

[2] www.rct.uk/collection/912363/cats-lions-and-a-dragon.

[3] This enlarged image is courtesy of Creation Ministries International; creation.com/leonardo-da-vinci-dragon.

[4] Vance Nelson, Untold Secrets of Planet Earth; Dire dragons, ISBN 978-0-9868821-0-4, 2011, pages 80-85.

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