Why is there a stegasaurus carved into a 12th century Cambodian temple?
doesnt look like a stegosaurus. the head is very different. maybe they reconstructed/did guess work from some bones, or maybe it was a different species of lizard that is extinct now. i love alternative history theories, but there is no way that such a recent temple would have a dinosaur on it, even if they did copy earlier sources.
According to this logic dragons, unicorns, djins, centaurs and big foot should exist only becose someone had the imagination of an animal never seen by anyone. its just a lucky shot that one from millons of mythological animals looks like an actual existing animal from the past
One day, humans will find something that looks an awful lot like pic related, and they will wonder if we had any contact with the creature, since clearly no one man could've imagined a creature so accurately to an actual living thing.