Lair of the Beasts: A Genuine Dragon? Comments -


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flyinroo 9/15/2012 5:09:14 AM

 Some creatures in the world of cryptozoology give enough evidence to provide credibility to the posibility that they exist somewhere in this world.  I just don't believe dragons are one of those creatures.

It's easy to see why our ancestors believed dragons existed. Dinosaur bones would have blown their minds and the explanations they would come up with would fit a particular mold of diabolical monsters from Hell itself. Its easy to see why they would draw the conclusions they did so long ago.

That being said, there have been reports even in modern times, of pterosaurs that may have somehow survived and still exist today. Though this is a stretch, suppose some of them were seen long ago by man. You can imagine what the sight of something like that would put into people's minds.

Cryptozoology is fascinating to me. Some creatures seem so very plausible, while others require such a stretch of the imagination its difficult to think that any rational person could believe such a thing exists. Its a great puzzle and sometimes a great source of material for debating.

InnerSanctum 9/15/2012 2:24:14 PM

 All that is required is proof that even one Cryptozoology classified creature exists.  I love the various ideas and therories surrouding their breed, but I'd suspect we would have some solid evidence by now if they truly existed.   

karas1 9/15/2012 2:41:37 PM

There's a pair of large herons who live in the swampy area next to the condo where I live.  When the two of them took flight and swooped back and forth above the pond I swear they looked like teradactyls.  If you saw them from a distance and didn't know what they were, a credulous person might be fooled.

SarcasticCaveman 9/15/2012 4:29:19 PM

 This whole idea seems like an awful lot of wishful zoological thinking to me.  I like the theory I once heard about dragons - they are a figment of imagination due to genetic memory.  Most all dragons found around the world in various mythologies generally share some common features despite how different they may look - most have features from at least two of these three animals - large birds of prey, large cats, and large snakes - ALL of which preyed on our evolutionary ancestors.  Not to mention, before we learned to how control it, fire was equally terrifying.  I think an amalgamation of genetic memory is much more plausible than left over dinosaurs that didn't evolve into birds.

jsmulligan 9/16/2012 7:32:44 AM

 There are a number of stories of tribes deep in the African and South American jungles reporting creatures that match dinosaur descriptions, and will point to either a ceratopsian or sauropod when shown pictures.  Many of these come from decades back though.  What would be a shame is if a remnant had somehow surived, but the last one passed before it was "officially" discovered.

fenngibbon 9/16/2012 9:13:13 AM

 It is peculiar that every culture appears to have stories of dragons, and that the creatures in the different stories bear a marked similarity to each other (the presence of wings seems to be one of the few variations).  I've heard the fossil explanation for other mythical creatures (the area of Asia where legends of griffins originated is apparently rich in ceratopsian fossils (four legged, beaked creatures)), but every culture finding the same sort of fossils that would inspire the virtually the same legends?

SarcasticCaveman 9/16/2012 5:11:20 PM

 You're assuming a culture properly identifies a fossil it sees, fenngibbon.  For instance, it's popularly believed in some circles that the Greek myth of the Cyclops came from from seeing mammoth or mastodon skulls.  This was later confirmed when they actually found a "hero's grave" that contained a mammoth skull and various other large animal bones that were laid out in a human-like design.



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