Of all the things people believe despite there being more than ample proof to the contrary, the idea that many Americans still believe that dinosaurs and humans once coexisted must be the most astonishing.
YouGov recently conducted a study regarding the believe that humans and dinosaurs once roamed the Earth together, and the results are simply unbelievable. When asked the question “Do you believe that humans and dinosaurs once lived on the planet at the same time?” 14% answered with “definitely”, while 27% answered “probably”.
Of the remaining 59%: 25% answered with “definitely not true”, 18% with “probably not true”, and the last 16% was “not sure”. These figures are interesting as it has been proven that the earliest ancestors of humans lived 6 million years ago, that’s 59 million years after the dinosaurs became extinct.
There are of course religious aspects to this question. According to YouGov, most Americans who consider themselves to be born again Christians that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, while most Americans who not considered themselves to be born again Christians do not think we once walked amongst dinosaurs. Only 22% of American born again Christians think we did not coexist with dinosaurs.
Another related question that YouGov asked their users was “To the best of your knowledge, is it currently possible to create dinosaur clones from DNA found in dinosaur fossils?”, to which 54% stated that they did not think it was currently possible to create clones such as the ones that run around in Jurassic World, and 28% did believe it was possible.
If it ever were to be possible to clone dinosaurs, and create a theme park, a whopping 50% said they would not go (with 40% saying they would), I wonder if this has anything to do with all the violent deaths in the Jurrasic film series. Nah, probably not.