Yes exactly even better.Yeah I tended to peg Kobolds as Therapsids, which allows us to take the best aspects of mammals and reptiles and mash them together.
Take a look at the Porosteognathus and tell me that doesnt scream Kobold
(no floppy ears though since only mammals have external ears)
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See as someone into biology/zoology, the external ears and doglike noses were much more "un-reptilian" than laying eggs or having scales was reptilian. There are mammals that lay eggs, and many reptiles that don't, and mammals with scale-like structures, but there are no reptiles with that sort of external ear (or anything even close AFAIK), and no reptiles with mammal-style noses. Nor have there ever been, that we're aware of. At best kobolds were some 50/50 mixture of characteristics.
I think we can both agree that Kobolds were weird little things that read as some sort of being with mammalian and reptilian features. 3E coming down firmly on the side of reptilian then rapidly moving to draconic was a big change but for the best for kobolds in the sense of giving them a clear identity and making them ever-more-popular to the point where a kobold PC is kind of a routine thing to see these days (in general, obviously not in every group).When I saw the B/X and AD&D 1e pictures and descriptions of kobolds horned lizard people comes to mind easily, adding on a few dog features. I can see someone thinking pangolin people could work too if you add on dog noses and egg laying and horns. Or dog people at base adding on horns and scales and eggs to that base.
Dragons. The answer is always dragons. Let's look at the red dragon as an example (on the dragons with fewer changes):
1e: 9-11 HD/ claw,claw,bite attack or breathweapon/ immune to fire / 48' long / 8 age categories
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2e: up to 23 HD / claw,claw,bite attack or breathweapon & 6 new attack options / immune to fire / up to 354' long / 12 age categories
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3e: up to 40 HD + 400 / claw,claw,bite attack or breathweapon + 4 additional attack options / immune to fire / up to 120' long / 12 age categories
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5e: up to 1,390 HP / 2 claws or 1 bite or breathweapon / resistant to fire / up to 88' long / 5 age categories
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5e: up to 1,390 HP / 2 claws and a bite or breathweapon + wing and tail attacks (legendary) / immune to fire / up to 45-50' long +/- / 4 age categories
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DMDave!Where is the bul-pup picture from?