Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, Creative Live, and was interviewed for several video segments on Despised in the West and revered in the East, dragons have a long history in human mythology. No one knows the exact answer, but some myths may have been inspired by living reptiles, and some "dragon" bones probably belonged to animals long extinct — in some cases dinosaurs, in others, fossil mammals.In fact there is plenty to admire, or at least understand, in this reconstruction.Paleontologists debated pterosaur posture and locomotion on the ground for many years after Owen and Hawkins produced these sculptures, and the scaly necks reflect the understanding that the animals were indeed reptiles.
In short, Owen saw the dinosaur as quadrupedal, with a mammalian-like stance.Around the margins of this sketch, Hawkins wrote, "I send you herewith a graphic answer in a miniature sketch of the as he appeared with his brains in and his belly full on the 31 of Decr 1853 . This mid-19th-century plan for a geological museum entrance features Mesozoic fossils greeting the hypothetical visitor, including a plesiosaur whose skull is positioned to look into the visitor's eyes. Above the door, two skeletons are recognizable by their horned snouts, an error not corrected until later discoveries moved the "horn" to the dinosaur's foot. Overall, the depiction in pretty good, except for the kangaroo-like stance that has since been overturned.In the end, the Freiberg Mining Academy adopted an entrance without all the fossil adornments. And the caption of this image included an interesting caveat: "The association of the small forearm is probably incorrect." Skepticism about such tiny forearms is understandable, but repeated finds have shown that the tyrant lizard's forearms really were that diminutive.The realization that Adding to its lizard-like appearance was a row of spikes running down its back. Rudwick This is a close-up view of the pterodactyles in the previous picture.In fact, the spiny back was not in error, although more complete finds since Richard Owen's day show that the spines extended roughly from the hips to the tip of the tail. After the Crystal Palace project ground to a halt, due partly to a lack of funds, Hawkins began selling lithographs of his reconstructions. One of his favorite themes was the resemblance he saw between pterosaurs and legendary dragons. White (some rights reserved) Pterosaurs lurk among the suite of stony ruling reptiles at Crystal Palace Park, and the pterosaurs look like dragons.