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At 11:13 AM 2/16/98 -0500, Ed wrote:
>Let's be clear, folks.
>In China there are actual, "you can see 'em, touch 'em, taste 'em" bones
>in the ground that you can visit tomorrow morning and that real and/or
>formerly living, breathing swearing and eliminating human beings have
>been digging up for thousands of years. These "I can' hit you on the
>head with them and cause a concussion" bones are the substantial origin
>of the Chinese "dragon" myth.
But, to clarify, the vast majority of "dragon" bones in the pharmacies of
the great cities of China were NOT dinosaurs. They were late Cenozoic
mammals: horses, mammoths, Gigantopithecus, etc. (Makes a lot of sense, as
many classic Cenozoic localities are very close to Beijing and other big
cities in China).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661