Bones reportedly found in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China appear in the shape of a dragon. The bones have been photographed and filmed by locals and posted online. Since they are laying on top of the grass and do not appear weathered, the most likely explanation is that they were placed there either as a television prop or a hoax.
The video and photos were posted on the Chinese website Wukong.com. Wukong.com commentators speculate that the bones may have been taken from other animals and put together in this form.
The dragons of Chinese legend are revered; the irreverent treatment of these “remains”—locals took pictures of themselves riding it—suggests to some commentators on Wukong.com that no one is fooled, that the locals don’t believe it is a genuine dragon.
China has a history of unearthing “dragon bones.”
In 2006, farmers digging for a fish pond in Qijiang, Chongqing Province, unearthed a 50-foot dragon-like skeleton. Scientists identified it as a 160 million-year-old dinosaur.
In one of the poorest areas of China, the drought-stricken Ningxia Autonomous Region in the northwest, people have made a living off of digging for fossil bones and selling them to Chinese apothecaries. They are sold as dragon bones, which are believed to have healing properties.
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