Saturday, May 01, 2010

China's Triassic Dragon


The "China dragon fossils", were recently exhibited in the Xinwei Ancient Life Fossils Museum in Anshun, Guizhou.

When archeologists first stripped the clay off the fossil, they found the dragon had a pair of horns above its head and the shape of the dragon was very like the legendary animal often described in books and stories.

Dragons have often appeared in Chinese legends. The dragon with two horns on its head is regarded as a totem. The totem was first invented by Chinese ancestors and worshipped by the Chinese people. Therefore Chinese people are also called the "descendents of the dragon".

For a long time, scientists thought that the dragon was a fictional animal existing only in stories.

The dragon fossil was found in Guanling County, Anshun City, in 1996, and has been kept in a good condition. It is measured 7.6 meters long. Its head is 76 centimeters long and the neck is 54 centimeters long. The body is 2.7 meters in length and 68 centimeters in width, and the tail is 3.7 meters long.

The dragon’s head is in a triangle shape. Its mouth is 43 centimeters long. The widest part of the head is 32 centimeters long. The horns project from the widest part of the head, and are symmetrical and 27 centimeters long. They are a little bit curved and tilted, which makes the fossil look very much like the legendary dragon.

The China dragon was a reptile animal living in the ocean in Triassic Period about 200 million years ago. It was an amphibian. It spent most of its time living in water, although sometimes it walked on land. It also laid eggs on land. The animal lived on fish and small reptile animals.

This is the first time that China found a dragon fossil with a pair of horns. Its discovery provides some evidence to prove that dragons might really have horns. The fossil provides important scientific information for people to trace the origin of the Chinese legendary dragon.

NOTE: this article came out of China in 2007 and, frankly, I don't really know if it's bogus or not...though a couple of news agency recently ran it again. Doesn't really look like a 'fossil' but looks too 'defined' to have been photoshopped...Lon


China's Triassic Dragon

3 comments :

lgranados said...

I do believe it's not photoshoped but you know as well as me that China has very good movies I believe with all my heart that it is MAN MADE.That old please the body could not be in that good of shape.

stormwalkernz said...

I would have to agree as this shows little sign of actual fossilisation. The head way too much matches that of the legendary creature and I think you will find it is probably a prop from some movie.

Ai said...

Seems fake, agree.

But take a look at the Dracorex hogwartsia fossil. There's a dragon. :)

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