Palaeobiologist or Dragonologist?
I find the study of dragons around the world in myth, history, or archeology entertaining.
But a random thought based on some of my earlier research kept bugging me. How does an archeologist know what an animal looked like – coloring, skin texture, etc. – based only on their bones? This is based on the assumption that dragons are forms of dinosaurs.
I of course did a little more research. What can I say?
First, archeologists uncover and research the fossilized remains of dinosaurs. But palaeontologists study dinosaurs in general.
In the last thirty years, technology with CT scans have allowed for a deeper study of skulls and other various bones.
Some have even worked at recreating the tissue where it appears to have connected to bone to see if they can reproduce the sound formed by various species.
It’s fascinating to think that there are rare cases in which the impressions of the animal, as it lay on the ground before it decomposed, have preserved impressions in the soil of its skin. That’s crazy to me. There are also a few cases where soft tissue and internal organs have been discovered. One scientist said maybe only five, but they still found them.
A side note . . . I struggle to picture someone deciding to make an entire career out of studying dinosaur poo. But it’s a thing. And, the way my horse-riding daughter talks about that subject, it’s a necessity for understanding the health of pretty much every living being.
And a fun fact: dinosaur feces are called coprolites and they’re studied by palaeobiologists.
Anyway, that’s all for now about dragons. I’m moving on to a dive into some Celtic myths next.
Click the buttons below if you’d like to see some of the articles I found that explains a little more.