The way I workI'm often heard things like: "I like dragons with six limbs more", or "fire-brething dragons are better".
So why should I forego on this typical features?
The answer come to me today when I browse through the book "the dinosaur hunters" , a fantastic novel about the first paleontologists from Mary Anning over Mantell to Darvin. The book shows how this pioniers worked and thought. Especially intersting/funny is that most of this early scientists try to harmonize bible and the fossils they found, a endeavor that must fail.
I feel the same when I look at theories abouth the evolution of dragons with 6 limbs or biomechanic models to explain how dragons breath fire.
Most of this theories are possible, but it's the try to harmonize the legends, myths, and fairy tales with modern science. Some authors just copy the legends and spice them with scientific facts.
Always keep in mind that humans make mistakes and tend to exaggerate, lie and fantasize; especially over a long times. When europeans