Friday, July 06, 2007

Villagers in central China have been using dinosaur bones as medicine - thinking they were from dragons

BBC News:

These bones have been dug up, then boiled in soup or ground down to make traditional medicines for decades.

The news emerged this week when scientists displayed some excavated bones at a museum in Henan Province.

"[People] believed that the 'dragon bones' were from dragons flying in the sky," one Chinese scientist told AP news agency.

These 'dragon bones', found in Henan's Ruyang County, were sold for about 4 yuan (50 cents) per kilogram.

"Local people used the bones as medicine to treat conditions such as dizziness and leg cramps," said Zhang Xinliao from Henan Geology Museum.

They were also made into a paste and applied to fractures and other injuries.

"Some locals even made a business out of collecting the bones. One had collected up to 8,000 kg," Mr Zhang added.

Amazing to think that there are some people who still believe in dragons.


At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I gotten in on the ground floor with this little bussines evnture. These are the same people that buy powdered tiger penis, right? China sells the US enough junk, so if I could round up enough "dragon bones" I could quit my day job.


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