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There is currently more than fifty species of dragon. You might ask yourself, why is there so many a beast called dragons? Monstrous hybrids and all other sorts of creatures is all called dragon, when dragon is used as the umbrella term for something unknown, winged, flying and deadly. Those are major traits all the creatures possessed. There are two theories on dragon origin, actually. A lot of people believe that dragons originated from serpents. One would rather assume they came out of ponds as eels and snake, evolving as they did so. As the human culture evolved, dragons depicted in tapestries and pictures obtained more and more sophisticated details. Myths never disappeared though, and kept influencing the art and we’re now glad to be able to witness masterpieces of today, the dragon pictures. Our site is primarily dedicated to dragon pictures and dragon images. Our gallery is not endless, but contains best of the best of dragon pics drawn by professional and amateur artists.
Dragon bone theories try to explain why people all over the planet came up with same idea of winged serpents, implying that ancient civilizations found fossilized bones on every continent, but Native American myths just wouldn’t make any sense if that was the case. Moreover, it cannot plausibly explain the origin of a word dragon. It did provide, though, an interesting idea that dinosaur bones can be those of dragons, resulting in some sort of connection between the two. Having some documented stories about culture of Nature American people, the theory lacks the proof in cases with Chinese and other Asian civilizations.
Considering the unrealistic structures of Chinese and Asian dragons as described in myths and depicted on images, they could not have originated from somebody seeing a bone. Taking the two theories in consideration, the theory of sea serpent is more plausible.
Myths hold many types of dragons, from majestic flying eastern dragons to humanlike hybrids. Here are some of the peculiar types you might find interesting.
Amphiptere is a hybrid of a bird and snake. They were feared in Europe for their battling capabilities. For that matter they were honorably place on coats of arms. One would be surprised by the quantities they are found all over the world in ancient Egypt, Mesoamerican Quetzalcoatl. It has serpent’s body and pair of feathery bird wings behind its neck, but some dragon pictures have them with bat-like wings too.
Anthropomorphic dragons had human as well as beastly features. Some stories tell of dragons talking to humans or wearing human clothes. Those are classic for animal anthropomorphism. Behavior, language and appearance are pretty common for mythical deities.
Great Serpents are said to be a totem animal or ancestor of some particular family. It can be a guarding a local well or some sacred field, etc. It’s called Great not to denote his size but how respected and revered the creature is. It hasn’t any stability in size or horrifying shape, so it could vary from enormous to tiny, in some cases particular features such as antlers, horns. Great Serpent is mostly different from usual snakes because it’s said to be imbued with secret wisdom and power over natural phenomenon or human life.
Fairy dragons have traits similar to those of fairies and other magical creatures. Folklore describes them as tricky creatures that are attracted to sweet food. They are said to be rare to find and are commonly mistaken for insects, for fairy dragons like the scent of good-smelling flowers. The largest fairy dragon reported to have had 30 cm wingspan and 8 cm in length. Dragon pictures of these and many other types of dragons can be found on our site.