Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pickled Dragon

In December 2003, a British man claimed to have found a pickled dragon or, more precisely, what appeared to be the fetus of a winged reptile-type creature preserved in a 30-inch (76 cm) tall jar of formaldehyde in his garage.   The press was told that the dragon was found with documents suggesting it had been offered to the Natural History Museum in the late nineteenth century by German scientists. Mitchell suggested it was an attempt by the Germans to discredit their British colleagues.  In reality the dragon was made by the model-makers behind the BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs and the jar was made by a specialist glass blowing studio.

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