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Re: NYTimes.com Article: From Many Imaginations, One Fearsome Creature
> But there is another obvious source for the dragon myth:
> the bones of dinosaurs and extinct mammals. Bones exposed
> by storms, earthquakes or digging were well known to the
> ancients, said Dr. Adrienne Mayor, a professor of folklore
> at Princeton and the author of "The First Fossil Hunters"
> (Princeton, 2000). She argues that the myth of
> gold-guarding griffins arose in the red clay of the Gobi
> Desert, a landscape literally scattered with white
> Protoceratops skulls, with parrot beaks and bony neck
BTW, Chinese dragons are feathered - as Liàoning dromeys.
Maybe ancient Chinese people already knew those fossils.
> Medieval Europe is "full of stories of knights fighting
> dragons in caves," Dr. Mayor said.
There's a dragon in the folklore (the Doudou celebration) of the town Mons,
in Belgium. Mons is a few kilometers North from Ciply, where several
_Hainosaurus bernardi_ skeletons have been found.
Maybe it's related.
Cheers - Aspidel.