This ancient South American vase not only depicts a dinosaur, but it beautifully renders the image in 3D! Dennis Swift photographed this incredible vase after it was perfectly preserved in an arid desert climate for hundreds of years. Pottery such as this one is found regularly and it matches the style, materials, and signs of aging with all of the other items that it was discovered alongside. This ancient piece shows once again that the potter must have seen the animal in order to so carefully replicate it on this vase - not as a skeleton or fossil, but as a living, breathing beautiful creature.
Turkmenistan is home to one of the largest, highest density collections of dinosaur footprints in the world. In an area which houses over 3,000 dinosaur footprints preserved for all time in stone, this human footprint stands out clearly as evidence that humans walked the earth alongside dinosaurs and other creatures thought by modern scientists to be extinct millions of years ago. A digital copy of Dennis Swift's article about this print and the expedition to Turkmenistan can be found at http://livingdinos.com/2011/07/human-and-dinosaur-footprints-in-turkmenistan/ .
If one takes a tour through a much more accessible region of the world - the American Southwest - there are many petroglyphs and other rock art depictions of dinosaurs and ancient creatures such as mammoths and mastodons. Here is a popular image of a flying pterosaur species. Features such as the claws on the tops of the wings and the teeth within the mouth indicate that this is a flying dinosaur and not an ordinary bird. The artwork of the natives found in the canyons of Utah and Colorado has been well documented, preserving the images forever despite some damage which may be observed today at some of these sites due to their popularity with tourists.
Deep in the jungles of Cambodia, hidden amongst ruins of ancient temples very similar to Angkor Wat, Dennis Swift re-discovered a column in one of these remote temples which contains the image of a stegosaurus. This temple is over 800 years old and remains still largely untouched. The clarity of this image from Asia is astonishing, and due to the remoteness of its location remains untainted to this day. Without the assistance of modern technology, it seems impossible that this could have been done without having seen a live specimen.