Originally Posted by Buddha Belly
Sure, that's easy.
Man and dinosaurs lived in different places, and when man went into the same places as the dinosaurs, they were either eaten or the dinosaurs left them alone to eat something much bigger. It wouldn't make much sense for a dinosaur to eat 1000 humans, when it could just take down one good sized dinosaur. Plus, lots of dinosaurs were herbivores, they wouldn't bother eating people.
I'll turn the question around, maybe you will understand better:
People live in areas with lots of animals which can easily eat them, like lions and tigers, so why haven't they all been eaten?
There are sharks in the water, they can easily eat humans, yet humans swim with sharks. I've seen lots of video of people swimming with sharks, but the sharks prefer to eat fish, and leave the humans alone. Why? Because sharks don't recognize people as food. However, if a guy is on a surf board, from below he looks a lot like a seal, which is shark food, so they get bitten. Strangely, the largest percentage of shark attacks are non-lethal, because the shark realizes the person is not the food they like, and let them go. I'm sure it was the same with dinosaurs.
Any other questions?
More questions? You betcha. But first, back to my original question: I was not wondering of the survivability. As you stated, there are many predators that exist today that can (and sometimes do) kill and eat humans. Luckily, we are smart enough to find ways to work around those dangers.
That being said, if the creatures that we recognize as modern humans existed millions and millions of years ago, why did it take until just the last thousand years or so for us to develop society, industry, art, philosophy, etc?
If the humans that you say coexisted with dinosaurs were precisely like modern humans, then our capacity to think, and our abilities to problem solve, improvise, and understand were the same - why, then, did we not see what we consider to be modern technology springing up in the mesozoic era, for instance?