One tonne soup. Villagers brewed Dinosaur bones

Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 05 2007

Villagers in central China dug up a tonne of dinosaur bones and boiled them in soup or ground them into powder for traditional medicine, believing they were from flying dragons and had healing powers, a scientist said yesterday. Until last year, the fossils were being sold in Henan province at about 4 yuan (26p) a kilo, Dong Zhiming, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said. When told the bones were from dinosaurs, the villagers donated 200kg (440lb) to him and his colleagues for research. They had been using the bones for at least 20 years, Prof Dong said.
Associated Press in Beijing

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