The Dig

Dr. Chan the paleontologist furrowed his brow and mopped beads of sweat from his forehead. The newly-excavated Tyranosaurus Rex skeleton was highly unusual, with several remarkable features that couldn't readily be explained. The T-Rex appeared to have died violently, but that was hardly unusual for his species, a carnivore who often defeated large prey for his meals when he couldn't scavenge.

What was unusual was the fact that the specimen had apparently suffered several severe blows to the head, resulting in puncture-type damage to the cranial bone structure. The angle of the damage indicated also that the blows had come from above, as if something had descended upon the fearsome predator from the skies. Even more strangely, the large skull of the T-Rex, even in its fossilized state, showed indicators that the creature had additionally suffered burns sufficient to cause charring to the bone surface. Collectively, the injuries still discernible upon the skeleton of the predacious dinosaur had almost certainly resulted in its death.

Now the area in which the remains were discovered was not known to have experienced volcanic activity, nor was it believed to have been forested during the time when burning might have occurred to the bone. There was simply nothing known to have existed in the area at the time which could have caused the damage. Dr. Chan, however, had a theory as to what might have caused the insults to the remains of the dinosaur. It was an explanation that presently could not be proven, but one which he nonetheless strongly believed because of his cultural heritage. He could not offer this explanation because of fear that he would be ridiculed and professionally discredited, even though his explanation was supported by the mythologies of many cultures around the world and throughout time.

Dr. Chan, you see, believed that the formidable T-Rex had long ago engaged in battle with a dragon, and lost. An earlier, more naive generation had regarded dinosaur bones as the remains of dragons...perhaps someday, the bones of the dragon would truly be found...

Dr. Chan smiled, and held onto his faith...it is said that faith is the "evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things not seen..."