The earth is much older than people once believed. The record is in the earth itself.
Current scientific evidence places the age of the earth at about 4.5 billion years.
Dinosaurs were the dominant species for about 142 million years, from about 205 million years ago to 63 million years ago. About 60 million years after dinosaurs had disappeared from the earth, wiped out by some massive extinction, the first human beings appeared.
People have long been fascinated by the question, “What would people do if they were to encounter dinosaurs?”
In 1864, French novelist Jules Verne wrote Voyage au centre de la Terre (Journey to the Center of the Earth). Three characters descend into the depths of the earth via a volcano. There they encounter prehistoric plants and animals.
A 1974 television series, Land of the Lost, sends a family through a time portal into an imaginary land populated by dinosaurs.
Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park (1990), pits human beings against dinosaurs that have been brought to life in modern times from dinosaur DNA found in mosquitoes that were preserved in amber.