This article by Dr. Velikovsky appeared in the KRONOS Journal in about 1978
Dinosaurs were found in the Laramie basin in Wyoming together with land plants “remarkably modern in their aspect”; these land plants bespoke a much more recent age than the Age of Reptiles, which, it is assumed, came to its end about 70 million years ago.
The plants were referred by paleobotanists to at least the Tertiary epoch, or the Age of Mammals.
“The Laramide group has given rise to one of the two most prolonged controversies in the history of American geology.”
[C.P. Dunbar, Historical Geology (1949), p. 375.]
But the paleozoologists persisted in ascribing the plants to the Age of Reptiles, and finally coerced the botanists into accepting their view.
In the redstone wall of Supai Canyon in the region of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona were discovered figures of animals cut by some prehistoric man.
“The fact that some prehistoric man made a pictograph of a dinosaur on the walls of this canyon upsets completely all of our theories regarding the antiquity of man.”
“The fact that the animal is upright and balanced on its tail would seem to indicate that the prehistoric artist must have seen it alive.”
Dinosaurs were in the vicinity, as is established by footprints discovered not more than one hundred miles from the picture.
[S. Hubbard, the Doheny Scientific Expedition to the Hava Supai Canyon, Northern Arizona, 1925 (1927), p. 5. E. George, referring to these drawings in his The Adventures of Mankind (1931), says: “Dr. Ales Hrdlicka, President of Anthropology, has given a lecture on these discoveries. Though his facts seem almost fantastic, they demand attention. They are actually nothing more or less than an image of a dinosaur supporting itself on its hind legs and balanced by its enormous tail. And a second drawing shows a saurian attacking a man. … Third drawing portrays a human figure beside a mastodon.”]
The paleontologist’s scheme requires the extinction of dinosaurs sixty to seventy million years before man appeared on the Earth.
“Either man goes back in Geologic time to the Triassic Period, which is millions of years beyond anything yet admitted, or else there were ‘left over’ dinosaurs which came down into the age of the mammals. Yet even this last conclusion indicates a vast antiquity.”
What kind of man was the artist?
“He used tools. He had the patience to chip an outline in hard stone with a crude flint and he had the perseverance to finish the job. He had an eye for form and a sense of proportion. He had the good judgment to select a medium which has preserved his work.”
Close to the picture of the dinosaur appears a drawing of an elephant attacking a large man. Elephants were not found in America when it was discovered by Columbus, but remains of elephants,
“Are very common all over North America, and they are found from Alaska to Mexico. Three species are represented: the mammoth, the mastodon and the imperial elephant (elephas imperator) of California.”
On the wall of the Canyon is the picture of the last species. The restored skeleton stands fourteen feet high (almost 5 m.)
Next to these pictures an ibex is drawn; prehistoric pictures of the ibex, rather artistically executed, are also found in other places in the region of the Grand Canyon.
“The interesting thing about this is that no ibex, not even fossil ones, have ever been found in America. These drawings would seem to indicate that they must have been a common animal in the Grand Canyon region, in the prehistoric past.”
“Must we not readjust many of our ideas regarding the antiquity of man, and his contact with the prehistoric animals …?”
It is not enough that a prehistoric man depicted animals long extinct and even of antediluvial origin. On the same wall where dinosaur, elephant, and ibex appear, the artist left pictographs or some inscription of prehistoric times.
“The most remarkable of these was a row of symbols, deeply incised, which resembled the Greek sign of Mars showing shield and spear. … The ‘desert varnish’ had commenced to form in the cut, indicating an unbelievable antiquity.”
If the man knew how to express himself not only in pictures but also in writing, then the term “prehistoric” is hardly justified.
In 1926 a stone bearing an inscription in characters similar to those of the Supai Canyon was found near Granby, Colorado.
“The sculptured stone … shows, carved in high relief, the figures of two dinosaurs and an elephant. … The dinosaurs suggest either the brontosaurus or the diplodocus.”
Human beings did not exist in the age of the reptiles; if they did exist, they were not literate people. Or were they?