Image alleged to depict Dimetrodon
Forgive me for the long wait. I was tired and bored with blogging so I decided to give myself a long rest for awhile before I go back to blogging again. Anyway I just got an email from a creationist who send me a photo of an old Roman style painting he thinks depicts Dimetrodon, a mammal-like reptile that lived 280 million years ago during the Permian Period in what is now Texas, living among humans that were appearing to capture the beast as the other hunters became viciously attacked by an artist's representation of a hippopotamus.
The real restoration of Dimetrodon based on fossil evidence (From Wikipedia)
I got news for him - That's no Dimetrodon! This is an artist's representation of the crocodile. An African native is seen on its back helping some hunters fish out and subdue the croc. It is indeed a crocodile. For there's no way can a human ride on Dimetrodon's back without breaking its tall spines. The crocodile in the painting is seen to have a flat, slightly rounded head with its jaws opened to reveal only one set of teeth. Dimetrodon has a real round curved head with mammalian style teeth in its mammalian jaws. It has two sets of teeth which is how Dimetrodon get its name meaning "Two Different Teeth" When the crocodile is commonly sighted in Africa, remains of Dimetrodon have been found in North America and Europe. None of its remains have been found in Africa. Besides every time paleontologists dug up remains of the likes of Dimetrodon, they find no traces of human remains in and around the Permian strata let alone all rock stratas dating back before the Pliocene Epoch. Even if that's what the creationists claim to be, that do not explain why there's no human remains found alongside remains of the likes of Dimetrodon.