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Prof. Hawkins N Dr Gons

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Day
15
Month
August
Year
1879
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Public Domain
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Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, eminent ra scientiflc circles on both sides of the Atlantic, in a recent lecture bef ore the London Institution, openly afflrmed his belief in the existence of dragons in the days of yore. He urged that our forefathers used their wits like ourselves, and could trust the evidence of their senses. The ancient myths were not f ounded on f ancy, but were the exaggeration of some fact. The dragon f ormed a part of all mythology, and, f urthermore, there were analogies to it in the animal world. The structure of the flying flsh fitted it for seizing its prey on the wing. A little lizard, known as the flymg dragon, stpl exists, and there were traces of resemblance in the squirrel which can all but fly and the bat which can perfectly use its wings. In all these and other classes there were similarities. When we go back to the pterodactyle, the iguanodon, the hadrasaurus, and other extinct monsters, we flnd additional analogies which greatly trengthens the scientific probabilities of the existence of creatures nearly like the dragon of tradition. If its ex istence be scientifically possible, it is morelikely that the widespread belief in dragons should be based on truth than that their conception should be envolved out of the study of the clouds or other natural phenomena.

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Michigan Argus