Dragon Heart

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Dragon Heart

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If you can properly identify which one is female and which on is male, AND correctly articulate why, you win the contest.

There are no prizes, I don't have enough talent to promise you anything worth seeing or getting. But I shall announce the winner when he/she presents themselves. With consent ofcourse


My theory!

Alright, my theory is that the dragon on the left is female.

First of all, many ancient polygamist societies had always placed the female side of things on the left, but then this hasn't always been the case.

My main point is the eyes, and their likely function. Dragons for the most part are predatory. Note the eyes of the right dragon. They're narrow, focused, they're designed to zero in on a target during pursuit, like a cat. The dragon on the left, on the other hand, has a different eye type. It features a vertical slit, common for predatory creatures, but it's also rounded. This combines the visual precision in zeroing in on a single target in the hunt, and the increased peripheral potential of a rounded eye. Assuming that the mother dragon of this species guards the eggs (as well as hunts, obviously), a rounded eye with greater peripheral potential gives her a better ability to survey her surroundings easier, thus making her able to better guard her precious, vulnerable young. The male, assuming in this species he does not guard the eggs, has no need for this greater surveying ability. Thus over time the males of his species evolved, narrowing the vestigial eye surface and altering it's structure over thousands of years, leaving him with perfectly honed hunting/pursuit oriented eyes.

My last point. The position of the orbs on the dragons could possibly give us another clue. Specifically to a possible reproductive cycle of this species. The supposed male carries his reproductive material, sperm, on the tips of his spines in order to be able to inject it between the spines of the supposed female dragon, where she keeps her alleged reproductive material (eggs).

That is my theory, thank you.

Please ship my Nobel Prize immediately.

(by the way, it's a great bit of art, good job!)

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i think the left one is the male because it looks more aggresive O_o

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3.93 / 5.00

Sep 9, 2009 | 11:00 AM EDT
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521 x 384 px
250.2 kb

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