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Scandinavian countries had about as many tales of dragons as anywhere in the world.1 One old legend describes a reptile-like animal that had a body about the size of a large cow. Its two back legs were long and strong. But its front legs were remarkably short. And its jaws were quite large. One of the unique things about many dinosaurs was their short front legs, compared to their long, strong back legs.2 Many also had large jaws. Examples of dinosaurs which fit are the Edmontosaurus. (ed-MONT-oh-SOR-us), and the Iguanodon (i-GWA-no-DON).

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  1. Horace Palmer Beck, Folklore and the Sea (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan Univ., 1973), p. 256.
  2. Helen L. Hoke, Dragons, Dragons, Dragons (NYC: Watts, 1972), p. 179

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