My kids and I have been watching a BBC series on dinosaurs, and it got me thinking----I have no answers, but a few thoughts are rolling around in my head:
Satan is called “the Ancient Serpent” in Revelation, and he has always been associated from the beginning in Genesis with some sort of reptile-form, not a “snake” as his reptile-form had legs at first.
Satan and his minions were cast down from Heaven to Earth at some point before Adam and Eve were created - “cast down to Earth” is significant, not to Hell, but to Earth. This could have been millions and millions of years before Adam and Eve.
Satan hates God and his Creation, and hates the idea of humans being in the image and likeness of God, and especially hates the Incarnation (the vision of which is the reason for his rebellion according the some theologians, including St. Thomas Aquinas?)
Ok, here’s where I inject conjecture:
4) After being cast down to Earth, Satan somehow influences the life already created by God on Earth (somehow can include a lot of things, known and unknown). He causes to be made (not by creating, only by bending or corrupting) a race of super giant Reptiles, which take over the entire planet (Age of Dinosaurs) - Why? To make the planet completely inhospitable for humans. Not only for humans, but for mammals in general, since humans are mammals, he extends his hatred for us and Christ even that far.
- The story of lowly mammal critters struggling to survive in the footsteps of gargantuan Reptiles stomping and swooping and swimming all over the planet, and then the subsequent (unexplained) decline and extinction (defeat?) of the Reptile race, leaving room for mammals to rise to prominence, and, in time, for humans to be created and flourish, sounds to me like a great story, which mirrors the battle between Satan and God, and God winning by the small and weak (mammals) over the strong and fierce (dinosaurs) - it also incidentally sounds like the way Christianity took over the pagan Roman Empire and spread to the whole world, and in so many other ways - it had God’s fingerprints all over it, as they say.
Thinking about all this, I feel there must be some connection between Satan and the dinosaurs, and the battle for this planet which began long before Adam and Eve, and which will never end until the “Ancient Serpent” is overthrown in the Final Battle.
Lots of thoughts, hopefully someone else will find this interesting too : )