Appreciate A Dragon Day
Dragons have existing in the mythology of cultures from all over the world; cultures that, during early days, had no interaction with one another. Dragons inspire us and fill us with fear at the same time. Historically, western dragons have always been depicted as fearsome creatures to either overcome or have a kinship with, while eastern dragons were typically equated with the royalty and heavenly forces.
In the book “The Flight of Dragons” by Peter Dickinson, he hypothesizes that the chief obstacle to admitting the past existence of dragons is the difficulty of powered flight by so large an organism. He offers a very believable argument.
He speculates dragons had within their abdomen a dirigible-like structure in which hydrochloric acid would dissolve large amounts of excess bone, releasing massive amounts of hydrogen that, once aloft, would support the body above the ground. The dragon's wings are traced to "modifications of the ribcage" (an anatomical evolutionary path shared by the genus Draco), and the expulsion of fire from the throat, as a means of removal of excess gas. The absence of fossil evidence is traced again to the internal acids, which (in Dickinson's view) would dissolve the bones soon after death.
Works for me!
Some of my favorite books are the Pern books.
May you fly with the dragons you so loved.
I want one of those little ones!
16 Jan 2020