Could there have been fire breathing dragons?

The Bible in Job 41 mentions that there was an animal called Leviathan. Based on the passage, this creature could be interpreted as a fire breathing dragon. “By his neesings (blowing air out of his nose) a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth” (Job 41:19-21). Another reference is found in Isaiah 30:6, “The burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, From which came the lioness and lion, The viper and fiery flying serpent, They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, And their treasures on the humps of camels, To a people who shall not profit”.

For dragons to breath fire is certainly possible to have happened. Today fireflies produce light, eels produce electricity and the bombardier beetle can produce fire. The bombardier beetle has a canon near his rear end where he can blast his enemies with chemicals that are 212 degrees Fahrenheit: the temperature of boiling water. How does the beetle do that? This beetle has compartments where he stores fiery chemicals. When these chemicals unite they explode. If a tiny beetle can possess such a sophisticated mechanism in its rear, then a dinosaur or dragon could also have had a similar mechanism that would allow it to breathe fire to defend itself.

In fact, some of the dinosaurs have compartments in their heads that are connected to their nasal passages. The Tyrannosaurs Rex has a head the size of a car but his brain was the size of a baseball. The rest of his head was full of these compartments connected to his sinuses. If he had these special chemicals stored in these hollow compartments, it is possible that he could have been a fire breathing dragon.

In addition, legends of fire breathing dragons have circulated around the world for centuries and throughout history. They are depicted in artwork and literature. Almost all cultures have dragon legends despite having had no contact with each other.

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