Dragons and dinosaurs, myth and fact, real and story- how do you separate the truth from fiction? You have heard of Cowboys and Indians, but how about Cowboys and Dragons or a snake-eating dragon from Egypt? Could there be another Nessie? This paper will bring up some interesting and often contradictory theories about Dragons. Starting with the thoughts of Evolutionists, then historical references and Biblical commentaries about dragons. This paper will then give an amazingly descriptive account of the Biblical Leviathan and finally present the possibility that dragons/dinosaurs might not be extinct.
The Evolutionist Adrienne Mayor believed the Dracorex hogwartsia, an extremely dragon-like fossil, may have started legends. She articulated, people found similar fossils, and could have created legends and stories to explain them. If this were true, “dragon” fossils would have needed to be found throughout the entire world, because dragon legends are also globally found in every culture. Interestingly enough, in those same legends, dragons are described and discussed in the same way as common, everyday animals.(Dragons 9)
Another Evolutionist David Jones, simply states, dragons cannot be dinosaurs. Although there are many similarities, he discounted the idea of dragons being dinosaurs because of his Evolutionary viewpoint. Evolution states, dinosaurs were dead thousands of years before humans evolved, so the idea that humans made legends about them is simply ludicrous. One of the problems with this theory is in their proof; each scientist uses the another’s theories to prove his own when sometimes that other bases his theories on the first scientist. (Dragons 9)
A front-page article from Tombstone, Arizona, 1890, stated “A Strange Winged Monster Discovered and Killed on the Huachuca Desert.” The story describes in great detail about a dragon(or just a mislabeled dinosaur) which sounded much like a Pterosaur or a Pterodactyl. The animal’s body had no feathers or fur, but was covered in smooth skin which was “easily penetrated by a bullet.” The story went on to say the had straightened one of the wings. The creature had a total length from wingtip to wingtip of and impressive 160 feet. (Dragons 6)
Pterodactyl descriptions were found other examples as well. One such example came from Marcus Tullius Cicero in his written work On the Nature of the Gods, he discusses how the Egyptians would deify real animals based solely on the services and benefits they provided to them. For instance, the ibis “destroys a great quantity of snakes, [and] it protects Egypt from plague.” He further describes the ibis as “a tall bird with stiff legs and a long horny beak.” In another account from Egypt, the ibis is described as “sacred, harmless, and beloved.”(Dragons 6)
Other early cultures depicted dragons in their art. The Native Americans drew dragons and dinosaurs on cave walls. The Chinese depict eleven common, everyday animals with the dragon in their zodiac...