15 September 2010
[Tricerotops from Museum of Science, Boston, photo by Daderot on Wikimedia--thanks!]
After millions of years, what sort of evidence would survive to prove dinosaurs' sentience? The use of tools is not proof of self-awareness, even if tools survived. And how at this gap of time could we tell if dinosaurs altered purposely their environment?
Their language--if it existed--is dead and gone.
Might humans one day stumble over a dinosaur dancing ground? Would we recognise it if we saw it?
What if only some dinosaurs were sentient? How did they interact with their non-sentient cousins?
Finally, what if dinosaurs made pets of humans' mammalian ancestor? What if, in a very distant fasion, we are the result of dinosaurs managing the breeding of our mammalian ancestor to increase intelligence (and hence, usefulness to dinosaurs)?