• Question: Are dragons real in your opinion?

    Asked by DRAGON PEEPS to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 25 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      There’s a lot of animals that are real that have “dragon” in their name! Creatures like the Komodo dragon or the bearded dragon are very much real, and scientists spend lots of time studying them. But in terms of the gigantic, flying dragons we read about in folklore…I’m afraid I haven’t seen any evidence to suggest they exist.

      But that’s the really great thing about being a scientist. I think every single one of us would happily change our minds if we saw some solid proof of dragons. We scientist-types never like to say “never”!

    • Photo: Stephanie Moon

      Stephanie Moon answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      I think Jonathan gave a nice answer! I agree. Also, I found this awesome youtube video about a beetle that sort of “breathes” fire (but from the other end). It’s like a tiny beetle dragon, haha! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqF-ND2XcY

    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      Unfortunately, there are no “fire breathing” dragons, but there are various reptiles that were used to creature the movie image of a dragon. Here is an example of an animal with “dragon” in the name as Jonathan talked about.


    • Photo: Kellie Jaremko

      Kellie Jaremko answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      Dragons are real with the science and imagination behind special effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziaygy3IfMw

      As some of the other scientists mentioned there are real-life creatures (10 in this bbc post) that resemble dragons like the flying Draco lizards http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150426-ten-amazing-real-life-dragons

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 26 Apr 2016:

      I agree with what everyone said here, but no one mentioned why we have dragon myths – dinosaur fossils!

      Humans discovered dinosaur fossils and used our wonderful imaginations to invent dragons. So, between the real dragons (Komodo, bearded…) and the fossil evidence of dinosaurs that inspired them, there’s a lot of cool science that we have left to investigate.