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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Flying reptiles: Friends or foes?

(Photo by Caseman)
Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  About 145 to 100 million years ago, it was most likely a pterosaur (“flying reptile”).

Star Tribune recently reported that approximately 40 male and female pterosaur fossils were discovered at a site within China.  This indicates that these flying reptiles were probably “gregarious, meaning that several lived together, perhaps nested together.”

Pterosaurs also lived alongside dinosaurs.  But would they have successfully coexisted with humans?

If Chinese dragons, their legendary “cousins,” are any indication, this answer could be a resounding “Yes!”
Wikipedia tells us that these serpentine beasts “traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods.”

However, you'd better be worthy of such intense friendship.  The Chinese emperor evidently thought that he was - “having used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength.”  Parents traditionally wished that their “son would become a dragon.”

This might be a classic case of “Watch what you ask for.”  Chinese astrology explains that children born during Dragon years can be vigorous and self-assured - but they can also be arrogant and tyrannical.


Copyright July 1, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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