Originally posted by ShadowXIX
It turns out it was another dino the Apatosaurus.so the technically-correct name is Apatosaurus.
Striclty speaking, the name apatosaurus had been applied to an earlier find first, then another specimin was found and named brontosaurus. Since
apatosaurus was the first name used, its the one kept, it has 'priority'. Also, I think it was a diplodocus that had the wrong head no? And I
recall a plesiosaur (or somesuch) that had the tail vertebrae in place of the neck and vice versa)
Yes but what is the basis for this common idea of a large reptile enemy of man?
large serpents figure in many primitive religions, cults, and rituals. They needn't be based on dragons. Also, if dragons had existed since, when,
the age of the dinosaurs, in large numbers, all around the world, for 65 million years, there should be some fossils indicating this.
Whether actual beasts now extinct, or a racial memory of back when we were little mammals hiding from dinos, there is SOMETHING that this stems
Definitely, but a large scaly monster need not have come from a fire breathing dragon. Also, like you've mentioned, many cultures have dragon myths.
However, in south america, Quetzelcoatl is a feathered sky serpent/mangod. In china, dragons are extraordinarily snake like, in europe, they can be
variable, often presented as having leathery wings. Also, I've noticed that dragons in olde (yes, with the 'e' on purpose) writtings, 'dragons'
are sometimes caled c.f. 'wyrm' (ie the glowyrm in beowulf), which does seem to indicate a more serpentine origin that a four legged and winged
dragon. Also notice that in teh quest for the golden fleece, its an exremely large serpent that guards the fleece. I'd also propose that the
hercules infant myth, where he strangled two serpents sent to kill him in his crib, indicates that there is a very basic cultural and perhaps
biological fear of these kinds of reptiles.
'volcanic eruption that sends a projectile into orbit'. Interesting. Any evidence for such events happening?
The chixulub crater in the yucatan is apparently the correct age for having been associated with the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the presence of
a worldwide iridium anomoly indicates that something from space was involved, not a rock ejected from a volcano.
Dragonologt: the complete book of dragons. this book has many useful rescources like species, habbitat, bone and muscle stectures..
how about reference some of this information, or indicating where they got skeletal and muscle examples?