This preserved dragon was found in the Carpathian Mountains along with frozen bodies dating from the middle ages. Dr. Tanner and his colleagues from a museum in London are asked to go to where the mummy is being kept in a shed, and see if it is a hoax or a real mummy. Well, to their delight, it was a real specimen with wings and four legs. They set out to find out how it lived and died.
Dr. Tanner surmises that this frozen specimen was a reptile from the Cretaceous period. He notices that it has scales, wings and foot talons as well as horned spikes upon it’s head. He does not think this reptile could of ever flown at first sight. But, upon further examination by scanning the body and actually looking at the lungs, he finds that the lungs, with bladder like structures could when expanded somehow explain how the reptile flew. The heart he notices is extremely large which would account for the oxygen rich blood needed during hard work engaging the chest muscles. But, how does it all come together to get this giant 950 lb (estimate) reptilian mass off the ground?
He knows by the massive teeth, it was a carnivore, it also had molars, why? Traces of platinum were found on the molars. Upon further observation of the inside of the mouth, he notices it has a soft fleshy like palate, something similar to a crocodile that can stay submerged for a short time. He wonders if it can actually exhale flames since one of the frozen corpses that was also found was charred. He surmises that the bombardier beetle can emit liquid at a temperature of 200 degrees C. So, why couldn’t this reptile?
If the dragon ate minerals such as platinum and was mixed in the stomach of the reptile with gastric juices, causing a type of hydrogen gas this combination could cause fire.
This dragon was found to be a juvenile female because the reproductive tract was not fully developed. The inside of the mouth was not charred. So, in all actuality she never deep exhale fire. This led them to believe the mother was looking out for her still, probably catching food for her until she could learn how to survive on her own.
The scientists on further exploration of the cave found an intact egg, which was surrounded by rocks. The size of the egg is about one foot long by about half a foot wide. The scientists believe the mother had to keep her eggs warmed to about 60 degrees by the fire she would exhale. The outside of the egg had heat resistant properties.
Echo scans of walls uncovered another chamber. When the chamber was reached they found the frozen mothers mummy. She was surrounded by what looked like uncharred human warriors. When they examined her hydrogen sac, it was empty, which led them to believe she starved herself to death. She apparently refused to eat her daughters carcus which would of sustained her.
Upon growing up I always saw pictures of the chinese dragon, and dragons that were drawn in the middle ages. I always thought it was mythology! Guess, it wasn’t, and I might add, glad they don’t exist today.