(this is a wierd one, Just warning you now.)
I am aware that this may seem an absurd question at first. But most stories have a grain of truth to them, and I’m curious what it might be. After all, so called knowledge can be very decieving. I suppose this would come under the heading of ‘cryptozoology’. Also, Keep in mind that myths and legends tend to become more and more distorted as time goes on. (I’m not going to address fire-breathing for now, but why can’t they have some kind of methane gland?)
St George killing the dragon. (one of countless other depictions.)
Artist’s Page Here! It’s really awesome!
It’s really not clear what ‘dragons’ looked like in reality- one has to take into consideration the various types of species and subtypes as well. (drakes, Wyvern, sea serpents, and so on) Not all of them had wings.
So where are all the bones? Well, we have plenty of bones. They are called dinosaurs. And another thing to consider is how many of these skeletons are actually dug up as complete skeletons? There have actually been some rather embarrassing instances where they realised that they had put the bones together wrong or categorised a teenager as a different species. Or that the Brontosaurus never existed.
As I just mentioned, It is incredibly rare to find intact skeletons. What is far more common is to get small fragments that one tries to figure out how it was meant to go together. And in the end, you are only guessing. You can never really “know” how it was meant to be. Same goes for the digital reconstructions of the fully fleshed out versions. They are just that, Digital algorithms. (that are admittedly rather cool.) And nobody from the general public is even allowed to actually see the real bones stored in museums.Which brings me to a theory of mine on the tyrannosaurus.
By Scot hartman
Something That’s always occurred to me is that the shape is pretty much the same as the ‘mythical’ wyvern if only those clearly useless hands were attached as talons to a set of wings. not to mention half of them look horribly unbalanced and front heavy. Did the people who assembled them have no concept of proper anatomy? There is no conceivable way those chicken arms can do anything. Not to mention they look tacked onto the spine without a proper ‘shoulder-esque’ attachment point. But having said that it’s likely too heavy to fly.
Here is the petrosaur. Notice how it The wings and front legs are merged?
Art By BerserkMecha (keep in mind it’s just art as well. they have clearly used the image above as reference!)
There are some interesting opinions about this, like Eric Dubay’s. I don’t agree with his argument but he brings some interesting points up.
Anyway, according to modern theories dinosaurs lived millions of years ago and were wiped out by a meteor that covered the earth in ash. or was it a volcano? I used to love watching those documentaries. It really is a shame that one cannot really declare any of these things to be true. I have no problem with them, except when people act as if it’s actually what happened. Somewhat frustratingly most of the people finding evidence to support other ideas have strong christian beliefs and hold the bible as some wonderful source of information. But the sources they quote are great. For time’s sake, This one will do. (the internet is full of stuff like this)
“Leaving the city of Yachi, and traveling ten days into a westerly direction, you reach the Province of Carajan [modern Yunnan on the edge of Burma] which is also the name of its chief city…Here are seen huge serpents, ten paces in length, and ten spans in the girt of the body. At the fore-part, near the head, they have two short legs, having three claws like those of a tiger, with eyes larger than a fourpenny loaf (pane da quattro denari) and very glaring. The jaws are wide enough to swallow a man, the teeth are large and sharp, and their whole appearance is so formidable, that neither man, nor any kind of animal, can approach them without terror. Others are met with of a smaller size, being eight, six, or five paces long; and the following method is used for taking them. In the day-time, by reason of the great heat, they lurk in caverns, from whence, at night, they issue to seek their food, and whatever beast they meet with and can lay hold of, whether tiger, wolf, or any other, they devour; after which they drag themselves towards some lake, spring of water, or river, in order to drink. By their motion in this way along the shore, and their vast weight, they make a deep impression, as if a heavy beam had been drawn along the sands.–the tales of marco polo the venetan.
Though if you are interested, here is a possible explanation of the firebreathing aspect of dragon mythology: Symbols of an alien sky. Not quite as fantastical, but that’s life.
Thanks for reading.