Flying has always been the dream of mankind. After entering the age of science and technology, with the help of science and technology, we invented flying tools. Through these tools, mankind finally realized the dream of flying. It can fly tens of thousands of meters high and overlook the earth, but this kind of flight with the help of technological tools is not the original flight mode that people look forward to.
What many people look forward to is that there is a kind of bird that can carry humans to fly freely. This kind of flight is much stronger than flying by plane. But such a wish has not been realized since the day human beings were born, so some people have this question: Why did human ancestors not want to tame flying animals as mounts?
In fact, this cannot be blamed on human ancestors. In ancient times, our ancestors were very intelligent. In order to increase productivity, they bravely tame some beasts to serve humanity. For example: taming wild horses as domestic animals to help people transport heavy objects; taming wild oxen as domestic animals to help people plow the land; taming wild dogs for people to look after their production and so on.
There are so many such examples. This is a manifestation of the great wisdom and courage of human ancestors, and deserves our awe and admiration. So didn’t human ancestors look to the sky and fly? Of course not. In fact, in the eyes of human ancestors, the sky is what they look forward to most.
You must know that in ancient times, humans did not have flying tools. At that time, human ancestors lived on land and faced various beasts at any time. Although people had tamed some land creatures as mounts at that time, their running speed still couldn’t be compared with wild beasts. The speed of flying animals is very fast. If there is a flying mount, people’s survivability will undoubtedly be greatly improved, and they can expand more vision and reach farther places.
Such a powerful and useful flying mount, human ancestors are naturally looking forward to it, and dream of being able to tame a flying animal as a mount. But why hasn’t it been achieved? In fact, it is not that human ancestors did not tame flying animals. In fact, human ancestors also tamed some relatively docile flying animals, but these flying animals are too small to bear the weight of human bodies, and naturally they cannot carry people. fly.
Why can’t flying animals carry people? This is because the maximum weight that birds can bear when flying is their own body weight, and it is difficult to carry the weight of other creatures. And we all know that most of the flying creatures in this world are ordinary birds, and the relationship between the wingspan and body weight of birds is about 1:2. If the weight of the bird is 2 kg, the wingspan is about 1 meter, and the wingspan is longer to be able to fly. Otherwise, it will be difficult to take off and the flight will be clumsy.
We must know that there are still more winged creatures. Some creatures are heavier and have a wingspan that is not up to standard, so they are very clumsy. They can only walk on land and cannot fly into the sky. For example: chicken, ostrich, etc. Although birds in ancient times were larger than they are now, they still couldn’t reach the level of carrying the weight of a human body.
We must know that the average weight of humans is about 60 kilograms, and even if the wingspan of birds exceeds 10 meters, their weight is much less than 60 kilograms. Naturally, they cannot hold humans. Some friends may have said that the eagles above the grasslands can catch their prey and fly, and the reason for this is not complicated.
The eagles on the grassland are relatively large birds, and their prey are basically small animals such as mice and hares. Because the eagle’s body is more important than these prey, so they can be caught and fly. Of course, here is just grabbing and flying. If you put the rabbit on the eagle’s back and carry it, it is not easy to also want to fly.
If humans want to find a flying animal to be a mount, what conditions need to be met? There are four main conditions, one is that the wingspan is at least 15 meters, the second is that the weight cannot exceed 100 kilograms, the third is to have extremely high intelligence, and the fourth is to have the temperament of docile relatives.
So have flying animals that can meet these four conditions ever appeared in the history of life on earth? The answer is yes. In the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, some pterosaurs were able to initially meet these conditions. According to the archaeological findings of scientists, the wingspan of pterosaurs in the age of dinosaurs can reach more than 15 meters, their own weight is not large, and they have good intelligence. As for whether they are docile, we don’t know.
It can be seen that flying mounts is not an unrealized dream, but with the end of the dinosaur era, pterosaurs evolved into later birds through evolution after the end of the dinosaur era, and their size was naturally much smaller. After the birth of mankind, the ecological environment has undergone tremendous changes, and the size of birds cannot be compared with the pterosaurs of the dinosaur era. In the human era, there are no birds with a wingspan of 15 meters or more.
The largest flying bird in the world, the Argentine Giant Eagle, has a wingspan of 7 meters, but such a large bird is unable to fly because of its heavy body and can only glide for a certain distance. Even if the Argentine giant eagle can fly, it is far from reaching the minimum 15-meter wingspan for carrying human flight.
Generally speaking, human ancestors did not have flying mounts, so they were born at an untimely time and missed the age of dinosaurs. If humans were born in the age of dinosaurs, then pterosaurs could become our target for tame. At that time, there might be a large number of dragon knights.
Of course, humans should not be disappointed. The absence of flying mounts now does not mean that there will be none in the future. With the continuous advancement of human science and technology and the rapid development of genetic technology, in the future, through genetic modification, it may be possible to make pterosaurs such as creatures reappear in the world. At that time, we can realize the dream of flying knights. Of course, even if there is no flying mount, various single-person flying vehicles will appear in the future, which can also allow us to fly freely in the sky.