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David E. Jones - An Instinct for Dragons

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. Many societies have a concept of and a word for the dragon, even though the creature never existed. Why? Jones, professor of anthropology at the University of Central Florida, thinks the concept derives from the experience of ancestral humans and prehumans with three kinds of predator: "Over millennia," he writes, "the raptor, big cat, and s...