In the Tuesday, April 29 New York Times, Donald G. McNeil asks why images of dragons have been so common all over the world and throughout history, when no dragon-like creature has every lived at the same time as humans. Dinosaurs died out millions of years before we came along. Although dinosaur skeletons weren’t identified until modern times, dragons were part of legend thousands of years ago.

He says, “Dragon images have been found on the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, on scrolls from China, in Egyptian hieroglyphs and Ethiopian sketches, on the prows of Viking ships, in bas relief on Aztec temples, on cliffs above the Mississippi River and even on bones carved by Inuits in climates where no reptile could live.”
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