Real Dragon Fossils on Display in China

Posted on June 29, 2007

Some fossils, named 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.

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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.

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Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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Drackon
Drackon

this is real, alright.

watch this...

a documentary about the finding of the dragon corpse:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FIDeOOL52Q

...

the way dragons survived after the end of dinosaurs was because they had a cousin species...

marine dragons.

dragons that lived underwater, big reptiles, that came to shallow waters after the big meteorite event.

this slowly evolved them back into land dragons, which went extinct after the big event.


this happened all over the world, and this is the reason dragon stories were all over the world.

because dragons were as well.

all adapted to their surroundings, so never completely the same, but they had one common ancestor.

forest dragons from japan.

desert dragons from egypt.

mountain dragons from romania.


there seems no end to this.

its like one puzzle piece, connecting dozens of other puzzles...


why are you still reading?! go watch it! o-o

alexander100
alexander100

if there was a dragons fly i had hid in a house a big house

cougars436
cougars436

The only dragons left after the official end of the dinosaurs were pterodactyl. I suspect their ability to travel the world to find a place to survive. In the million of years since the end of their competition, they they would have enough time to evolve different characteristics as they moved to other places.Some groups may have become isolated from others for a variety of reasons. As mankind began to take over the earth, they would wipe out most the animals,. like we have done with many other threats or competitors. It is possible a few may have survived up til the advent of firearms. With fire breathing dragons, it may have been ignitable saliva or air which caught fire by the hunters waving fire at the animals.

There is usually some truth behind many legends, we may never know for sure.

Darknine32
Darknine32

It was found in Romania not china

CalebChurch
CalebChurch

Another fine example of just how gullible people on the internet are...

DanBolivar
DanBolivar

I hate to break it to you folks but this is a model... a statue... a prop. From an artist known for monster and creature sculptures.

Rick Hand
Rick Hand

I can kind of see a connection between the spinasourous and the dragon I mean who knows maybe two of the spinasouras's eggs mutated or evoled to where the spine on there back turned to wings and that became the dragon I mean the r real close resemblance if u look at it I mean if u take the spinasourus's spine away and give him wings bam a dragon so tell me what u think.

Shreyash Govalkar
Shreyash Govalkar

the last real dragon was killed in europe around 3 to 4 hunred years ago. Dracorex hogwartsia - a known "dinosaur" on display in a couple museums. Check the Net.

Gary Navarre
Gary Navarre

Dracorex hogwartsia - a known "dinosaur" on display in a couple museums. Check the Net.

Caleb Fowler
Caleb Fowler

the last real dragon was killed in europe around 3 to 4 hunred years ago.

Pompey Junio Tripona
Pompey Junio Tripona

this is just another discovery of science.. its just like the topic that chickens are related to Trex xD.

Ken Zheng
Ken Zheng

All right, I'm not sure whatever that fossil is real or not but if it is, its getting my hopes up! Who here in face book thinks its real, others fake?

Pompey Junio Tripona
Pompey Junio Tripona

Yeap dragons are another form of dinosaurs It could be real but I think its not fire breathing eventhough it used to be like that..

Brandi Elizabeth Yates Nelson
Brandi Elizabeth Yates Nelson

there is actually a breed of lizard nicknamed "flying dragon" but is named draco volans. google it for yourself. oh, and komodo dragons also.

Ronifel Honculada Lacierda
Ronifel Honculada Lacierda

We all know China expert in making Fake all ITEMS.. even some Chinese are fake, right? will that's impossible to them coz they all most copied things from various items on earth!

gadgets
gadgets

Remarkably well written post!!

Christopher Nino M. Arca
Christopher Nino M. Arca

What we find simply amazing is that both sides are saying that what they say is true. And nothing can be more further from the truth. History will tell who was right and who was wrong. Our idea about dragons mostly came from a mystical legend. Arthurian legends. But most of it came from the Orient, Asia, prior to the becoming of the Arthurian Legend. Why dragon? The term dragon is more of an adjective than a noun. It is an exaggerated term for gigantic, dangerous, evilish. What the people call dragons in the ancient times we now call dinosaurs, lizards, crocodiles. Our dragons in the modern times are the large crocs caught in tv. The metaphysical dragon that we are most familiar of, is the flying reptile, is just a personification of qualities and ideas elevated into something surreal that we come to derive as not ours. Those metaphysical dragons are attributes of the human condition which now is no longer applicable, come the age of rationalization. Children's dreams are filled with fantasy which we have to admit have their own sense of reality. Those fantasies of children actually do come in touch with the reality we live in now.

seth111
seth111

doesnt annyone think that maybe they could become 1 with the earth

lesly
lesly

yeah .........right dragons are NOT real

Mahmud Pakistani
Mahmud Pakistani

Yeah Chinese are idiots. This fossile was declared an composite of various other fossils and an complete FAKE. But they wont listen.

wolflover
wolflover

Er is it just me or can you see the CASTING MOLDS behind it? pretty good fake I'd say. Not everything is true on the internet

Naves
Naves

And what if dragons are only tales ! or if there were really real dragons in ancient times...Who knows the answer? Unless we dont see a real dragon no one will believe on one side of the answer.

santy
santy

well, if dragons lived millions of year ago, then dragons and dinosour's fossils would be the same, it's like we call them dinosaurs here and they call them dragons there in china!!!

dragion man
dragion man

if dinosaurs were real why not dragons?

Thasyasya
Thasyasya

That was a docufiction made by natgeo young sir, if you watch from the real channel it will mention that all the documentaries are fiction.. though it was really well made, kinda left me disappointed

Darknine32
Darknine32

It was found but not in china o.e truely it was in Romania in the mountains in ice caves I've done a lot of research in it and whoever posted this doesn't know shit lol he needs to do a moth research like I did to see if it was real or not and it is

MikaelMurstam
MikaelMurstam

@زياد أل ميسوارى  You know it is a fake documentary right? They even say it is fake. It is supposed to be fake. They are just playing with the imagination. They even start the "documentary" by saying: "a story that never happened".

CalebChurch
CalebChurch

@Shreyash Govalkar So your supposition is that the last dragons lived in Europe, yet you mention a fossil species only found in N America? o.O Also, according to most reliable scholars, dracorex hogwartsia is not it's own species, but an early development stage of pachycephalosaurus, which doesn't really resemble a dragon, The only reason they're named "dracorex" is b/c it was donated in 2004 to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, where young visitors gave it that name to give a nod to both dragons & Harry Potter--not exactly solid scientific ground to stand on... Why don't you check the Net next time a little more thoroughly?


Brandi Elizabeth Yates Nelson
Brandi Elizabeth Yates Nelson

just saying thats what its called...they all kinda look like dinos so maybe dragons were real wayyyy back in the day, just a different breed of dinosaur

Sid Mute
Sid Mute

The Komodo "dragon" is a monitor lizard...these are nicknames, they aren't actual dragons. It's sad that this apparently needs to be explained..