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Re: Jurassic Croc Found With Fish Like Tail
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 11:19:34 -0700
This new discovery in Oregon of a Jurassic croc with a fish-tail and
needle-like teeth is an exciting find for anyone interested in Native
American traditions and artistic images of water serpents with fish- tails
and needle teeth, and long bodies covered in scutes or scales and with fin
or paddle-like appendages.
These notable features of the Jurassic crocodile (needle teeth, forked
fish-tail, scales or scutes) are also the distinctive characteristics of
water monster representations among the Kiowa, Sioux, the Pomo of northern
California, and other tribes.
The 6-8 ft long croc skeleton in Oregon was fairly well preserved and
weathering visibly out of rock, so in theory a similar fossil could have
been noticed by untrained Indian observers in the past. The artist's
illustration of the croc by Jon Hughes for the NARG has a remarkable
resemblance to the Kiowa artist Silverhorn's sketch of a water monster
with scales or scutes, long narrow head with needle teeth and a forked
fish-tail, in the Smithsonian,
I just have one question: could Jon Hughes have been influenced by either
Mr. Silverhorn's sketch (in particular) or the paintings of the Kiowa,
Sioux, and Pomo (in general) when he made the picture of the croc?
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