Tuesday 13 April 2010

Dragon Tales

I have often come across this on certain sites on the internet as proof of living dinosaurs:

1572 May 13--A famous naturalist, Ulysses Aldrovandus, recorded the details of a peasant killing a small dragon along a farm road in northern Italy on this day. He obtained the dragon carcass, thoroughly documented the encounter, and had it mounted and placed in a museum.

Ulysses Aldrovandus was a naturalist in the sixteenth century, and his work on natural history, in thirteen volumes, contains a large proportion of fables and folklore. So I think that says a lot about why no carcass was ever found. Some say the origin of the phrase “Cock and Bull story “comes from a description of his work. Whether that is true no one really knows.

There are of course other dragon stories from around that time:

1593 London UK : A "flying dragon" surrounded by flames was seen over the city. Some say this was an early UFO sighting.

1649 Sightings of "flying dragons" reported . The woods around Penllin Castle, Glamorgan, had the reputation of being frequented by winged serpents, and these were the terror of old and young alike. The winged serpents were described as very beautiful. They were coiled when in repose, and "looked as if they were covered with jewels of all sorts. Some of them had crests sparkling with all the colours of the rainbow". When disturbed they glided swiftly, "sparkling all over," to their hiding places. When angry, they "flew over people's heads, with outspread wings, bright, and sometimes with eyes too, like the feathers in a peacock's tail". Locals had killed some of them, for they were as bad as foxes for poultry, and the extinction of the winged serpents was due to the fact that they were "terrors in the farmyards and coverts."

And for the modern sighting in Wales see here:


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