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According to Wikipedia, Chinese dragons have long been depicted as “snake-like with four legs.”
References to Chinese dragons can be traced back to at least several thousand years ago. These creatures have traditionally symbolized “potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricanes and floods.”
Farmers in Qijang City, China must have therefore been thrilled to discover a fossil that resembles “one of China’s mythical dragons.” This skeleton surfaced while the farmers were “digging for a fish pond.”
Dr. Tetsuto Miyashita from the University of Alberta explained: Nowhere else can we find dinosaurs with longer necks than those in China.
Could that be why “dragons” have long played such a significant role within Chinese culture?
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