posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 01:00 AM
I love dragons as much as the next guy, however my mind does not allow them to exist in this universe.
Limbs: Dragons generally have 6 limbs. Two arms, two wings, two legs. Of course there are variations on that template, but lets focus on that first.
Now, name a mammal that has 6 limbs. Alright, now name a reptile that has 6 limbs. It's a tough one, I know. Probably because there are no mammals or
reptiles with 6 limbs. Of course now I'm making the assumption that dragons were mammals or reptiles, when they could have been their own species. Or
even insects. The only way they could have fit in, would be if they somehow branched off when the first creatures reached land. Because after that
point, things started going all quadruped n stuff. Which means they would have had 6-limbed ancestors. Most certainly we would have a fossil of some
sort of 6-limbed creature that is not an insect? I don't know much about evolution, so correct me if I'm wrong on any of this.
Wings: You would need some massive wings to carry something that has 6 limbs and a belly full of fire-fuel. And the wings would need to be even BIGGER
to carry the wings weight...which brings a vicious cycle. Much like the spaceship effect. We would need a ton of fuel to travel long distances through
space, and then we would need fuel to carry the fuel, and so on. It just goes on until its completely unpractical.
Fire breath: Alright even though this is the most far-fetched feature of a dragon, it's oddly enough the most feasible. Separate tube in throat to
carry fuel > some sort of spark maker (teeth on tongue against teeth? idk).
I'd say dragons were just pterasaurs. People sea pterasaurs in modern times, maybe they did in medieval times too.
If dragons did exist, they would have to have been small. If they were big, they would had to have been scrawny.
I can't see the 'typical' dragon working out.