posted on Apr, 7 2007 @ 04:48 PM
Originally posted by crayon
Don't forget the Komodo Dragon. I believe I heard that its the oldest unchanged species.
well, they were named dragons because they looked like dragons to the people who discovered them :-)
i think if we're going to get into the 'do they or don't they' debate, first someone will need to define what exactly *is* a dragon. i.e, species
specifications and anatomy.
as far as i've seen, most dragons in mythology were not reptiles as such, but bits and bobs of other animals, and used as metaphors to help tell
tales. for an example of this, see welsh mythology (the white and red dragons symbolise the welsh and english at war).
we don't call reptiles dragons because they are, we nickname them dragons because, to us, that's what dragons look like.
the chinese were using fossilized dinosaur bones in medicine, thinking they were the bones of mighty dragons, centuries ago.
to me it would seem that the dragon is a purely mythial creature, perpetuated by misunderstandings and nice fireside stories
i still think they're