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Did Sherlock Holmes see a dinosaur?

Well maybe it wasn’t exactly Sherlock who saw the dinosaur, but his creator — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — said he did.

According to his autobiography, in 1909 Doyle and his wife were on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean when they spotted a creature swimming in the sea. Doyle said it was “about four feet long, with a thin neck and tail and four-marked side slippers.”

Doyle was convinced he and his wife had spotted an Ichthyosaurus.

Of course, Doyle penned several books, but one has intrigued children for years — The Lost World.

In it, Doyle writes about a group of explorers who came across a secluded South American plateau (called a Tepuy) where dinosaurs and humans co-existed. He wrote this book in 1911, two years after the sighting. It seems likely that the spotting of a living dinosaur sparked Doyle’s imagination.

If there was one, there could be others.

One fear that grips evolutionists is the discovery of a modern-day dinosaur. They have repeatedly stated that dinosaurs, who supposedly died off about 65 million years ago, never existed along side man.

However, the discovery of a Coelacanth in 1938 not only shocked but dismayed evolutionists because here was a dinosaur-aged creature living among us.

The Coelacanth is a large fish reaching a length of 6.5 feet (two metres) and weighs as much as 176 pounds (80 kg).

Coelacanth a living dinosaur: Wikipedia/Alberto Fernandez

Coelacanth a living dinosaur?: Wikipedia/Alberto Fernandez

According to evolutionists, Coelacanths preceded dinosaurs by millions of years having arrived on earth 340 million years ago. It died out at the same time as dinosaurs — about 65 million years ago.

Evolutionists were so convinced of Coelacanth’s evolutionary pedigree its fossils were used as marker fossils — to date other fossils found in the same strata as the Coelacanth.

It was even considered a “missing link” because of the front lobes on the fins, which evolutionists proclaimed as irrefutable proof it was on its way to becoming a land rover. Of course, you can say anything you want about fossils. (More recently some have even added non-existent body parts to whale fossils to prove evolution.)

Well, they were wrong.

The Evolutionary propaganda on the Coelacanths came to a crashing halt 77 years ago, when South African fisherman caught a living and breathing specimen in the Gulf of India. Apparently, fishermen in the area had caught them for years.

Since then, other colonies of Coelacanths have been found. In 1998, a marine biologist found one at a fish market in Indonesia and other more recent sightings suggest it is more wide-spread than originally thought.

The Coelacanth has challenged evolutionary theory on a number of fronts:

First, despite its supposed incredible age, the Coelacanth has not evolved one iota. What you see in fossils is the same fish you see in the water.

Another disturbing feature is its advanced features which again challenges the very basis of evolutionary theory that life evolved into higher more developed species.

In its head is a gel-pack with three openings (via pores) to the outside of the skull.  According to scientists, the Coelacanth uses this gel-pack to track the electrical currents of its prey hiding in the rock crevices where the living dinosaur feeds.

So maybe Conan Doyle’s sighting was not so far-fetched. And of course more recently they are discovering blood cells and soft tissue in dinosaur bones thought to be 75 million years old.

“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however, improbable, must be the truth,” – Sherlock Holmes


  • In search of a lost world, by Geoffrey Carfield (National Post: August 16, 2006)
  • www. Wikipedia. Org / www. Answersingenesis.org / seacoast.uwc.ac.za
  • Lead photo: A South American Tepuy on which Conan Doyle’s The Lost World was located: Photo by Paolo-Costa Baldi.-License–GFDL CC BY-SA-3.0

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