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Dinosaur : Dracorex hogwartsia, a tale of a dragon

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There is a dinosaur discovered in 2004, that might link the dragon legends with dinosaurs. Most dragon legends talk of incredible creatures with spikes and horns and are reptilian in nature.

In 2004, a fascinating dinosaur skull was donated to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis by three Sioux City, Iowa, residents who found it during a trip to the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota. Because of its dragon-like horns and teeth, the new species was dubbed 'Dracorex hogwartsia'. This name honors the Harry potter fictional works, which features the Hogwarts School and recently popularized dragons. The dinosaur's skull mixes spiky horns, bumps and a long muzzle. But unlike other members of the pachycephalosaur family, which have domed foreheads, this one is flat-headed. Consider some of the ancient stories of dragons, some fictional and some that might be authentic history of dinosaurs ('Biblical Cryptozoology : Revealed Cryptids of the Bible' (2009), pp. 40-41).

Brian Thomas asks a simple question in a news article for the Institute for Creation research titled, "Is There Some Truth To Dragon Myths?" Thomas recounts that : "Adrienne Mayor, a Stanford visiting scholar, has found solid links between certain dinosaur fossils and dragons". She gathered enough information to write three books on the subject. In her view, if ancient people unearthed a fossil that looked like Dracorex hogwartsia, it is easy to speculate that they would have come up with dragon stories to explain it. Thomas's article continues and notes Dracorex "surprised the scientists" when it was discovered because of its long muzzle and spiky horns. In a Stanford University press release Mayor stated, "The skull looks strangely familiar to anyone who has studied dragons! Dracorex has remarkable resemblance to the dragons of ancient China and medieval Europe" (Brian Thomas, "Is There Some Truth to dragon Myths?", ICR News, posted on icr.org, July 2, 2009).

It is important to understand that the King James Version, translation of the Hebrew word "tanniyn" or "tanniym" as dragons is mentioned 16 times in the Old Testament of the Bible.

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