Peter Lakbar <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Seems pretty unlikely that the ancients would have found a T-Rex skeleton
> complete enough to give them any idea of what the animal would have looked
> like when alive, or indeed any dinosaur skeleton that would have let them
> understand that they were looking at the remains of a lizard-like creature.
Good point; real dinosaur fossils are rather incomprehensible and hard to notice for the untrained viewer. However, we don't need to invoke fossils, "racial memories" (rather, old phobias) or exaggerations of snake - people can very well have seen or experienced crocodiles, and then the stories grew.
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