The existence of gnomes is a hotly debated topic in scientific circles. All possible concrete evidence of their existence is believed by most to be lost to the ancient past. I believe that frequently reported aspects of dragon behaviour may prove that they did in fact exist and what’s more, I am almost certain that dragons played a part in their disappearance. Why would I think this? Firstly Gnomes would have been rich in protein, and being a peace loving people would have been easy pickings for a hungry dragon, or even a not so hungry dragon just wanting a snack. Therefore it is highly probable that Gnomes formed an important part of the ancient dragons food chain. Secondly, the common garden Gnome is the most popular modern depiction of the Gnome, they are small and generally made of concrete. People in known dragon hot-spots have frequently reported stolen, smashed and even burned garden ornaments which leads me to believe that these little figures are still etched in collective dragon memory as a food item. This, I believe, lends strong evidence to the possible existence of the Gnome people and an explanation for their extinction; Being small and tasty and completely unable to fend off hungry dragons.