New research by the Russian Orthodox church claims dinosaurs feature in the holy book.
This would mean that the beasts – which scientists say died out 65 million years ago – were around at the same time as the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar, as well as Jesus.
The article, dubbed “The Bible on Dinosaurs”, argues that text in the holy book states that dinosaurs existed 7,000 years ago and became extinct around 2,000 years ago.
The shock claims fly in the face of the official account presented by archaeologists.
Debate rages on as to how the beasts became extinct, with climate change, diseases, and changing plants and habitat all touted as theories.