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Dinosaurs in China show some differences, with specialized sinraptorid theropods and unusual, long-necked sauropods like Mamenchisaurus. Ankylosaurians and ornithopods were also becoming more common, but prosauropods had become extinct. Conifers and pteridophytes were the most common plants. Sauropods, like the earlier prosauropods, were not oral processors, but ornithischians were evolving various means of dealing with food in the mouth, including potential cheek-like organs to keep food in the mouth, and jaw motions to grind food. Another notable evolutionary event of the Jurassic was the appearance of true birds, descended from maniraptoran coelurosaurians.
Originally posted by Jason88
So what does the ATS community think, is this a plausible definition for dragons?
Originally posted by remyrange
The only issue I have with this theory is, why did they choose to portray dragons with scales and reptile characteristics. Could ancient Chinese have deducted that the dinosaur bones were related to modern day reptiles similiar to crocs and lizards? Or is there more to the dragon legends. Why would they not deduce that the dinosar bones were from giant mammels or other types of creatures.