So I’m interested in this program on dragons on the idiot box. They keep talking about how dragons pervade ancient stories in all sorts of civilizations, but they are dancing around something that occurred to me.
How is it that these critters are so pan-global in their general idea and basic image, size, etc.?
So here’s my thought on that…
(The image and many others like it can be found at allfantasyart.com)
Is it possible that someone from each of these ancient civilizations bumped into a dinosaur fossil? Think about how much a typical dragon resembles a dinosaur.
Bob the hunter is out hiking in the mountains, looking for a ram or something to kill and eat, and comes across a big ol’ bubbasaurus fossil in the rock. He’s awed.
When he gets home, he tells the wife “Hey babe. I saw this big lizard in the rock out there. It was huge and scary.”
“How did it get in the rock?” she naturally inquires.
“I dunno. Someone turned it into a rock.”
“I was pretty scared stiff when I saw it. I bet that if it was alive, I’d have turned to stone myself.”
“Well, then maybe someone used their shield like a mirror and it scared itself to stone.” She really is as smart as she is sexy, y’know.
“Could be. Wanna have sex?”
“Not tonight. I have a headache.”
“Crap. Which field are the sheep in?”
The story gets passed around, and by the time the grandkiddies are telling it, grandpa killed it in a fierce battle, trying to save grandma from the dragon. “Don’t believe me? I can take you up the mountain, and show you the stone dragon…”
I think you get the idea about where this is going.
So, could dragons be leftover sightings of dinosaur fossils?