PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 February, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 February, 2003, 12:00am

Man's Heritage: Last Of The Dragons

Pearl, 8.35pm

This investigation into the universal myth of the dragon looks at the origins of modern reptiles and fossil remains of dinosaurs that have established the dragon legacy. In China, fossil remains of dinosaurs are sold by herbalists as ground dragon's bones.

Culturally the dragon still holds great power; a noble, magical creature that brings good luck. In the West, the dragon is portrayed as a fearsome beast, intimidating and ferocious. Travelling through the deserts of Africa and the rainforests of Asia and Australia in search of the descendants of the legend, Last Of The Dragons discovers the similarities between the habits and physical characteristics of monitors, crocodiles, lizards and snakes, and allows us a greater understanding of their mysterious ancestors. Footage of attacking snakes, fork-tongued Komodo dragons and Malaysia's gliding dragon all help piece together the legend.