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Witness of Ulysses Aldrovandus


Ulysses Aldrovandus is considered by many to be the father of modern natural history. He travelled extensively, collected thousands of animals and plants, and created the first ever natural history museum.  His impressive collections are still on display at the Bologna University (the world’s oldest university) where they attest to his scholarship. His credentials give credence to an incident that Aldrovandus personally reported concerning a dragon. The dragon was first seen on May 13, 1572, hissing like a snake. It had been hiding on the small estate of Master Petronius. At 5:00 PM, the dragon was caught on a public roadway by a herdsman named Baptista, near the hedge of a private farm, a mile from the remote city outskirts of Bologna. Baptista was following his ox cart home when he noticed the oxen suddenly come to a stop. He kicked them and shouted at them, but they refused to move and went down on their knees rather than move forward. At this point, the herdsman noticed a hissing sound and was startled to see this strange little dragon ahead of him. Trembling he struck it on the head with his rod and killed it. (Aldrovandus, Ulysses, The Natural History of Serpents and Dragons, 1640, p.402.) Aldrovandus surmised that dragon was a juvenile, judging by the incompletely developed claws and teeth. The corpse had only two feet and moved both by slithering like a snake and by using its feet, he believed. (There are small two-legged lizards that do this today.) Aldrovandus mounted the specimen and displayed it for some time. He also had a watercolour painting of the creature made.




Both Marco Polo and Aldrovandus speak of dragons having just two feet and dragging themselves along, their locomotion being a combination of squirming like a snake aided by added propulsion from their feet. No-one in their right senses would make up such a creature if they cared about being believed. But, as an aside, there is a remarkable collection called the Acambro dinosaur figurines. There are thousands of them depicting various dinosaurs, large and small and of great variety some even interacting with humans, including this one, with just two feet.


There is in my opinion good reason to think these are genuine, of good age and created by a native people who had both seen and lived alongside dinosaurs. Predictably evolutionists rubbish the entire story and question the dating of these figurines; stating that dating results render these figurines irrelevant and just modern fakes. A website titled Bad Archaeology ridicules it all and includes an image of the Acambaro figurine with its two legs. They show in order to prove how detached from good science the Acambaro collection is. And yet, having read the preceding two articles, are you certain the anonymous native Mexican carver got it so very wrong?



A case of truth being stranger than fiction perhaps?