Did dinosaurs coexist with humans? The question of the hour in Saskatchewan
In Saskatchewan, paleontology is at the heart of a new political debate.
Tyrannosaurus Scotty the T-Rex can now be encountered in Augmented Virtual Reality at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Former students of the Legacy Christian Academy, a religious school which they accuse of abuse, have denounced the educational curricula taught in these establishments, affirming that they should prohibited.
The Biology for Christian Schools textbooknotably asserts that scientific evidence tends to support the fact that humans and dinosaurs co-existed, citing the Loch Ness Monster as supporting evidence.Expand image
A biology book used at Legacy Christian Academy.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education declined a CBC/Radio-Canada interview request, which was sent to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Rather, host Stefani Langenegger spoke with the Manitoba Museum's curator of geology and paleontology, Graham Young, to get an update on these dinosaurs.
A: Dinosaurs occupied the planet for a very long time. They appeared 230 million years ago and they disappeared 66 million years ago.
We are able to date different rocks using various methods. Dinosaur fossils are found in sedimentary rocks. In geologically active regions, these rocks are marked with volcanic layers, and it is possible to date the stones or ashes from the chemical ingredients found there.
Diagram summarizing the variations observed for the frontal sinuses during human evolution.
First of all, we must define what it means to be human. We are homo sapiens.
Our first ancestors belonging to this species appeared nearly two million years ago. In comparison, therefore, the last dinosaurs disappeared 33 times longer than the first humans appeared.
I can't comment on the biblical evidence, it's not in my area of expertise. And I don't want to get involved in politics in Saskatchewan either. But there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support this thesis.
Stéphane Bellavance and a dinosaur (this is a photo montage).
Yes, it has been circulating for several decades.
Basically, there's a dinosaur trail in Texas, and it seems that visitors regularly add human footprints to it, carving them into the trail. But detailed studies have shown that these footprints do not have characteristics that qualify them as real fossils.
Fossil footprints distort the sediment, while human marks were intentionally added.
An image of the Loch Ness Monster, near Inverness, Scotland, on April 19, 1934, supposedly captured by Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson. The image was called a hoax by one of its creators, Chris Spurling, claiming it was a frame-up on his deathbed. (archives)
We know quite a bit, actually. This is a monster born of old myths, subject to hoaxes in the 20th century.
In North America, we don't realize that Loch Ness isn't huge by our own standards. It's not like Lake Winnipeg, it's not a body of water, it's a long, narrow lake, and if there was anything that looked like a plesiosaur, we would be able to observe daily.
[Editor's note; the first references to the Loch Ness Monster date back to the biography of Saint Columba, in the year 565 CE. Over 1000 people claim to have seen Nessie in the area, making it a major tourist attraction.]
I think it is very important that we are all equipped with a good knowledge of natural sciences, in order to know the deep history of the planet, in order to understand where fossil fuels come from, and to understand the causes of earthquakes in order to 'avoid constructing buildings in places that will most likely be affected by earthquakes and tsunamis.
With information from Jason Warick and Stefani Langenegger