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A South American Tepuy on which Conan Doyle's The Lost World was based: Photo by Paolo-Costa Baldi.-License--GFDL CC BY-SA-3.0

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 …