Incredible 50-ft ‘Dragon’ Dinosaur Unearthed by Chinese Farmers

Photo Courtesy of www.cnn.com

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Paleontologists have discovered a 50-foot “dragon” dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago during the Late Jurassic period, according to fox6now.com

The skeleton was found in 2006 by local farmers digging for a fishpond in Qijiang City in China’s southwestern Chongqing province stated newsok.com. Experts have just confirmed its status as a dinosaur.

Lida Xing, a member of the research team from the University of Alberta who made the discovery, told CNN it was named Qijianglong, the “dragon of Qijiang” because farmers thought the bones resembled the shape of Chinese mythical dragons.

“We found the dinosaur’s huge vertebrae with the skull and the tail, but couldn’t find any bones from the hands or the legs. So the locals began to say the long body looked just like a dragon from ancient Chinese stories,” said Xing to cnn.com.

The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, show that the new species belongs to a group of dinosaurs called mamenchisaurids, found only in Asia, known for their extremely long necks, which would measure up to half their body length. The dinosaur is the youngest addition to the mamenchisaurid group reported cnn.com.

“Qijianglong is a cool animal. If you imagine a big animal that is half neck, you can see that evolution can do quite extraordinary things,” Tetsuto Miyashita, a PhD student at the University of Alberta, said in a press release.