August 14th, 2011, 01:36 PM
I remember reading this novel as a young teen (early nineties) however I'm not certain if this is when it was published. From what I remember of the story, there is a group of archaeologists who travel to a planet to investigate skeletons of dragon like creatures. The planet's economy utilizes insect like creatures with segmented abdomens for slave labor. The insect creatures abdomens continue to grow multiple segments if they are not cut off by the slave masters. The archaeologists discover that if left alone, the insect creatures will continue to grow into many segments and eventually metamorphosize into a dragon like creature.