I agree and delved a bit deeper. Discoveries move in trends coupled with technology. It was not trendy or feasible to go dig up remains in ancient times, as there were more pressing needs and considerations. The video is fundamentally flawed: there is a known record of fossil collecting prior to the 19th century.That's what I thought too, that ancient and medieval Europeans and Chinese had stumbled upon dinosaur and other megafauna bones and that's where legends of dragons and other giant monsters come from. I've heard this idea several times so I'd always assumed there was some record of such bones having been found, but maybe it's true as others are saying here that there's no known record of this actually happening at any time before the 19th century.
I also heard a theory once that legends about humanoid monsters like goblins and trolls are ancient memories of the Neanderthals, passed down through the generations. Not sure how likely that is though, since I think the very last Neanderthals died out over 25,000 years ago.
In my quick internet dive I learned:
- In 1677, Robert Plot is credited with discovering the first dinosaur bone, but his best guess as to what it belonged to was a giant human.
- Chinese texts refer to dragon bones and dragons are a large part of Chinese culture and have been for centuries.
- Herodotus dabbled in fossil collecting of marine organisms.
- Leonardo Da Vinci studied fossilized shellfish and hypothesizes as to why shellfish fossils are found on mountains.
Seemingly delayed periods of discovery do not indicate non-existence:
-Eqyptian Mummies weren't discovered until the 17th century.
-Europe's discovery of the Americas required the advancement of ships and navigation.
-Viruses discovered in 1892 required filtering technology.
-Paleontology required desire, interest, rewards, and funding for excavation.
@JiggyLordJr is correct when he says that you don't just stumble on these remains. They must be actively scouted for, analyzed, chiseled and handled properly. But more importantly, there must be a good reason to go labor in the sediments and collect. Profit was, and still is, key in the dinosaur rush. To this day, legal battles are fought over found fossils. Who owns the land vs who owns below the surface. Mineral rights vs fossil rights. Multi-million dollar cases are fought over the ownership of these remains.
Lastly, the dinosaur industry surely has flaws. Profiteering, plenty of extrapolation with a great deal of imagination and marketing.
Yet, the existence of the dinosaur is worth acknowledging.