Artwork from the Creation Museum Dragon Legends exhibit
In 1841, Sir Richard Owen coined the term “dinosaur” (meaning “terrible lizard”) for the great beasts that were being rediscovered at that time. Yes, that’s right, rediscovered. You see, Adam and Eve were the first people to discover dinosaurs as they walked with them in the Garden of Eden, 6,000 years ago. In the beginning, man and all animals—including all the dinosaur kinds—were on a strict vegetarian diet (Genesis 1:29–30). That changed sometime after the Fall, which is why some dinosaurs are now classified as meat-eaters.
Two of each kind of dinosaur survived the global Flood by riding safely on the Ark. After the Flood, people continued to live in close proximity to dinosaurs. Many tales of their adventures have been passed down in the form of legends about dragons. In fact, most of the older translations of the Bible (e.g., the King James Version) mention dragons in several places.
Other people drew pictures of their encounters with the feared beasts on rock surfaces and cave walls. Still others carved their likeness into stone (for example, on the leaning tower of Pisa), painted them into pictures, and engraved them in brass (such as at the tomb of Bishop Bell in England).