The enigmatic Acambaro Figurines: Evidence that humans coexisted with dinosaurs?

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Controversial figurines. This famous Acámbaro figurine depicts what a human apparently riding a dinosaur. Source: Creative Commons

The Acambaro figurines are a collection of more than 32,000 pieces of strange looking figurines discovered in the municipality of Acambaro, Mexico. Some of these artifacts depict humans coexisting with dinosaurs. 

Have you ever wondered if people on Earth coexisted with dinosaurs in the distant past?  It is commonly accepted by mainstream scholars that Dinosaurs roamed the earth between 220 million and 65 million years ago during the Mesozoic Era.

Mankind –homosapiens specifically— appeared on Earth some 200,000 years ago. However, while this timeline is accepted in the scientific community, numerous discoveries point to a  much different past, and that humanity and dinosaurs coexisted on Earth.

One of the most interesting examples are the strange Acambaro Figurines.

In 1944 Waldemar Julsrud, a German merchant made a clamorous discovery in Acambaro, a small Mexican town located less than 300 kilometers northwest of Mexico, in the province of Guanajuato.

While horse riding with one of his employees, a farmer named Odilon Tinajero, his attention was drawn to a piece of pottery that was protruding from the ground . It was a terracotta figurine which was unlike any others he had encountered in the past.

Julsrud ordered his employee to dig up and bring all the similar pieces he could find. A few days later, Tinajero appeared with dozens of strange artifacts.

Julsrud was stunned by the style and diversity of the figurines. He made a deal with his employee: he would pay Tinajero 1 peso for each intact artifact, and nothing for the broken figurines, even though he had to hand over those too.

He wanted to prevent anyone fabricating the figurines based on the ones he had Tinajero dig out.

The figurines were discovered in groups of 20 to 40 inside wells at a depth of around two meters below the surface.

However, the figurines were not located within funerary wells, since only 6 skulls were found during the excavations. According to Mr. Julsrud’s hypothesis, it seems that they had been buried in a hurry to avoid being plundered by the first Spanish settlers.

More than 33 500 objects (mostly made of ceramics), stone, jade, and obsidian were found. All are unique, and none have been duplicated.

Their size varies from a few centimeters to less than one meter. Several types of clays were used (their examination would give a valuable indication of their origin), and all were manufactured by the open fire method or pre-firing method.

Interestingly, just as Dr. Cabrera, the curator of the Ica stones, Mr. Julsrud never did business with his discovery. His aim was scientific, and his desire was to protect a heritage, which he considered unique to mankind.

Mr. Julsrud gladly showed the figurines to anyone who as interested in studying them, however, the scientific community refused to accept them as authentic, because of their curious depictions: They represent, among other things, dinosaurs, unknown animals, reptiles, some have avian characteristics. Interestingly, certain figurines even seem to indicate a form of domestication of small reptiles and dinosaurs, large-sized monkeys, and many represent unknown divinities.

But everyone knows that it’s impossible, and mankind and dinosaurs never coexisted… right?

However, not everyone refused to believe so. One researcher became interested in this discovery: Charles Hapgood, professor of history and anthropology at the University of New Hampshire.

He traveled to investigate, find and research the matter. On his trip, he brought several samples to analyze the artifacts based on the most modern and recent methods of the time (in the late 60’s).

One of the Acambaro figurines. Source.

Carbon-14 dating performed in 1968 by Isotopes Incorporated of New Jersey showed that the figurines date between 1100 and 4500 B.C.

In 1972, the thermoluminescence dating method by the University of Pennsylvania on 2 figurines placed the figurines to around 2,500 B.C.

Mainstream dogma states that dinosaurs –all of them— disappeared around 65 million years ago. But, why must have all dinosaurs disappeared from our planet while other species survived?

If we look back at history, we will find that we know of the existence of dinosaurs from just over two centuries.

It is therefore officially impossible for men who lived 3,000, 4,500 or even 6,500 years to have been able to describe and manufacture figurines representing animals that were discovered in Mexico.

This is precisely why many discoveries, like the one of Acambaro, are denied in spite of the evidence showing otherwise; because the discoveries do not fit with mainstream history.

In 1954, the Mexican government sent a team of archaeologists, led by Dr. Eduardo Noguerain, to investigate the site and excavate in another location, where other figurines were found.

They verified the authenticity of the site, saying what an incredible discovery Julsrud had made. However, 3 weeks later, in their report, they deny the authenticity of Julsrud’s figurines because they represent dinosaurs.

Authentic or not?

In 1952, archaeologist Charles DiPeso, affiliated with the Amerind Foundation of Arizona, visited the area, studied the collection and observed the excavators during his work. According to DiPeso, the surface of the figures shows evidenced that they were of recent manufacture, and did not show the usual characteristics of elements of objects that have remained buried for thousands of years; If they had been authentic relics, they would have been scratched and broken like the rest of artifacts found in that area of Mexico.

Some archaeologists have come forward saying that, if the Acambaro figures are genuine, then they might actually be representations of stylized non-saurian animals, or mythical monsters and not dinosaurs as many have claimed.

While it is possible that mankind did coexist in the distant past with dinosaurs, the discovery of the Acambaro figurines is not considered by mainstream scholars as the ultimate evidence that proves it.

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  1. Fun story, but maybe the author should have tried a basic google search before basing the primary facts of his fairy-tail on “the New Jersey Laboratory of Isotopes” testing. If he had, he would have discovered that there is no such lab. I’m guessing also that if the University of Pennsylvania had actually tested two of the figurines, as stated, they weren’t ones depicting so called dinosaurs.

    Please file this as entertaining fiction. It doesn’t meet the standards for science or even middle school journalism. It is a nice example of the kind of fake news, crackpot theory so often put forward with zero real evidence by guys like “no last name Ivan” and his ilk.

    1. Love it when people like you comment. Proves that there are a lot of ignorant people out there.

      Let me quote you:

      “I’m guessing also that if the University of Pennsylvania had actually tested two of the figurines, as stated, they weren’t ones depicting so called dinosaurs.”

      Kimball what are you doing here? Let me guess; trying to act smart by suggesting I should use google? IDK, have you tried? Nope. Had you used it, you wouldn’t have written this absurd comment trying to act smart.

      Fake news? Ignorant people like yourself talk a lot these days about fake news, the only problem is, they have absolutely no idea what Fake news is. So, they come to websites like these –which put forward countless possibilities which make people’s mind work a bit to try and figure out something on their own– and given their inability to digest, or think on their own for a minute, conclude that ” It doesn’t meet the standards for science or even middle school journalism. It is a nice example of the kind of fake news, crackpot theory so often put forward with zero real evidence by guys like “no last name Ivan” and his ilk.”

      Had you of course read the article – I bet you just scrolled through it- you would have seen that I never said that they were or were not fake nor real.

      But hey, I understand that your brain’s ability to understand something like this must be really limited.

      Im having a great laugh, entertaining comment, much better than my article, defo. (sarcasm).

      Oh, FYI, this is what fake news looks like ‘Einstein’.:

      Kimball, happy holidays troll. And please do not comment on our website anymore, Id hate to delete fake comments from our ”fake articles”.

      1. Oh Ivan, I think you might exhaust yourself replying to all the ignorant people like me who have commented on your entertaining article. You are correct, after re-reading it, I should not have called it fake news as it is not news at all. It’s just an interesting story that someone has concocted for our entertainment. Please accept my apology.

        By the way, you may want to read the Wikipedia definition of internet troll:

        “In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion,[3] often for the troll’s amusement.”

        What I said was not off-topic, nor was it my intent to provoke or disrupt. I’ll admit I did it a little for my own amusement.

      2. Thermo luminescence dating of ceramics requires measurements be made of the materiel that the object was buried within, and the environment around it. To calibrate a T-L date you have to know how much ionizing radiation the object was exposed to.

        The article doesn’t make it sound like that kind of measurement was undertaken, casting doubt on the veracity of the rest of the article.

  2. Fakes made by the locals for some easy cash.

    I did however enjoy the one of the dude riding the triceratops. The locals must have been giggling when they made that one! Lol

    1. Could be fakes…but I propose a different theory. Why can’t they be the imaginings and fantasies of the people? Are we not subjected to similar fantasies? How about Obi Wan riding the Boga….or the Men of the South riding Oliphaunts? Perhaps the guy on the triceratops was their version of St. George and the Dragon? (Clearly, ideas were shared across continents as we see in the Fuente Magna Bowl found near Lake Titicaca which has Sumerian cuneiform on it.)
      All I’m saying is maybe they were fakes, maybe they’d seen dinosaurs, and maybe they had gathered their own Masters of the Universe type collectibles they got for buying 3 tacos from “Pepe’s Taco’s y Agua Frescas” stand.

      1. Hmmm. I vote collectibles.

        Otherwise i do somewhat agree that there is a chance some of the originals may have been older statuettes but then when the locals were getting paid, then the silliness began, ie the triceratops.

  3. I live in Mexico city but i was born and raised just a few miles away from the museum Waldemar in Acámbaro Guanajuato, theses pieces are hard to believe but i like to think they are product of the ancient’s imagination. (sorry for bad english)

  4. Hello,
    I have seen these figures myself while I was visiting Mexico, and what is more interesting to me (and not usually mentioned in articles about the figures) is there are many figures that depict what appear to be ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, and serpent people. Do I think the figures are authentic? Yes and no. I think some of them are real and some are fake. What muddied the waters with this collection is when Julsrud started paying farmers to go dig the figures up. I think after that the fakes started showing up. To dismiss the whole collection as being fake would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The depictions of what appear to dinosaurs do not necessarily prove that man walked with dinosaurs. Who knows maybe the shamans of these people entered an altered state of consciousness and saw these types of images.Who knows! I would like to see continued investigation into the collection and the depictions of ancients peoples fascinates me and makes wonder if at least some of the collection came from another civilization that was transplanted to that particular area of Mexico.

  5. The individual riding the dinosaur shown in the photo with this essay is actually a giant estimated to be 12 to 15 feet tall. I discuss this and other mysteries in my blog

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