Are Dinosaurs Extinct?
Are dinosaurs extinct? Decide for yourself. In 1911, Dutch explorers returned to the West with stories about huge, man-eating “dragons” that lived on the island of Komodo. This is one of the 13,000 islands that stretch from mainland Asia to New Guinea. Scientists dismissed their stories as impossible – since dragons are the stuff of myth – while if we are to call them dinosaurs, these are said to have been extinct for millions of years.
Eventually, science had to accept the reality of the Komodo dragon. These huge reptiles grow to a length of 11 feet and can weigh 450 pounds after lunch. They are fast enough in short bursts to catch and bring down a wild horse, a deer or a man. They are also good swimmers. In fact, the Komodo dragons have killed and eaten seven men in recent years. They have been known to enter a small village on the island and steal goats. Their layers of serrated teeth harbor microbes that can easily cause a fatal infection, so they eventually catch up with just about anything they bite. If the fossil dinosaurs were anything like the Komodo dragon, we can all be thankful that most of them are no longer around.
Are dinosaurs extinct? It certainly looks as if at least one species of dinosaur under the name of “dragon” is still very much alive.