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Scientists discover 240-million-year-old dinosaur that resembles a “mythical Chinese dragon”

A team of international scientists have discovered 240-million-year-old fossils from the Triassic period in China that one scientist described as a “long and snake-like, mythical Chinese dragon.” The 16-foot-long aquatic reptile, called Dinocephalosaurus orientalis, has 32 separate neck vertebrae – an extremely long neck, according to the National Museums of Scotland, which announced the news on…

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The Year of the Dragon is about to begin — here’s what to know about the Lunar New Year celebration

Mario Poceski is professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the University of Florida. Among China’s traditional holidays and celebrations, none ranks higher in importance than the Lunar New Year (農曆新年). Also known as the Spring Festival (春節), or simply Chinese New Year, it marks the beginning of the year according to the traditional lunar calendar….

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