Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dragon lore from

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Despised in the West and revered in the East, dragons have a long history in
human mythology. How did the myth start? No one knows the exact answer, but some
"dragon" bones probably belonged to animals long extinct — in some cases
dinosaurs, in others, fossil mammals. Starting in the early 19th century,
scientists began to find a new kind of monster, one that had gone extinct tens
of millions of years before the first humans evolved. Because the first
fragments found looked lizard-like, paleontologists assumed they had found giant
lizards, but more bones revealed animals like nothing on earth today. Did these
terrible lizards ever coexist with people? No. Although some creationists claim
that medieval dragons were really dinosaurs that survived into modern times,
this notion enjoys no support from any credible scientist
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