+137 There may have been a fire-breathing dinosaur due to a unique organ, and we wouldn't know; their bones generally are the only thing left. amirite?

by Anonymous 4 months ago

I mean there could be all manner of unique and interesting creatures from the various eras predating humanity. The real problem is that the circumstances that have to exist for fossils to be created are very, very specific.

by Anonymous 5 months ago

To the time machine!

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Wtf correct use of semicolon

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Yeah; im amazed

by Anonymous 5 months ago

yeah. i'm amazed

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Yeah, and I'm amazed.

by Anonymous 5 months ago

You found…*dragon bones*?!?

by Anonymous 5 months ago

And why are dragons found in cultures around the world?

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Dinosaur 🦖

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Good point

by Anonymous 5 months ago

The pilot light organ, of course!

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Wouldn't there be burn marks on certain bones of animals it killed or something like that

by Anonymous 5 months ago

This reminds me of a very fun book, The Kaiju Preservation Society, by John Scalzi.

by Anonymous 5 months ago

There's literally no even remotely plausible assumption where that even comes close to beginning to make sense

by Anonymous 5 months ago

Evolution is just life teaching itself how to be better at being alive through iterative trial and error over time. The circumstances surrounding an actual fire-breathing organ ever evolving its way into existence in nature would need to be… extraordinary.

by Anonymous 5 months ago

"The Pyrophilic Saurian" was a short story in Analog in the early 70s. It featured bronto equivalents on an alien planet. They groomed each other by clicking their teeth together to make sparks, while burping huge quantities of methane from the plant matter fermenting in their stomachs. The resultant flame bursts were used to remove parasites.

by Anonymous 5 months ago

I read recently that dinosaurs could have theoretically had quite the complex society not too unlike ours, but the sheer time it's been since their era would have washed practically all of the evidence away. Fossils are already exceptionally uncommon as they are

by Anonymous 5 months ago

No creatures breathe fire now. All other aspects of dinosaurs exist in living creatures.

by Anonymous 5 months ago