Science: Dragon Lizards

Consternation sent animals racing to their jungle cover on the Island of Komodo (one of the Dutch East Indies). A bird droned like a million flies above the trees.

It did not flap its wings. Alan Cobham, British aviator in the plane, looked down and started with amazement, for scowling up at him from beneath their heavy orbital ridges were the very dragons of his nursery books. And they were alive—huge, dark monsters nine feet long, who raised themselves on post-like legs to glare at the strange thing in the air. They showed no...

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