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‘Amazing dragon’ fossils rewrite history of long-necked dinosaurs

WASHINGTON: Fossils unearthed on a hillside in northwestern China are forcing scientists to rethink the history of a dinosaur lineage that produced the largest animals ever to walk the planet. Scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery of Lingwulong shenqi, an early member of the well-known group of plant-eating dinosaurs called sauropods with long necks, long tails, small heads and pillar-like legs. Lingwulong lived 174 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Its name means “amazing dragon from Lingwu,” the…

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship reaches space station

MIAMI: SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit. "Capture confirmed," a NASA commentator said at 5:57 am (10:57 GMT), when the space station's robotic arm, operated by one of its astronauts, attached itself to the cargo ship as it floated over Australia and Papua New Guinea. "It's a great day to see Dragon back at ISS again," said another NASA commentator. The recycled spaceship blasted off on Friday…

‘Dragon captured’ as cargo arrives at space station

MIAMI: SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo vessel, carrying the first super-computer to space as part of its 6,400 pound (2,900 kilograms) payload arrived on Wednesday at the International Space Station. "And that is confirmed capture,Dragon cargo vessel," said a NASA commentator as space station's robotic arm grabbed the spaceship at 6:52 am (1052 GMT). The spaceship blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying food, science experiments and other gear for the astronauts living in orbit. It is the 12th…

Malaysia foils bid to smuggle ‘bearded dragons’

KUALA LAMPUR: Malaysia has foiled an attempt to smuggle dozens of bearded dragon lizards and tortoises into the country from neighbouring Thailand to be sold as pets, authorities said Monday. Two Thais and one Malaysian were arrested as they drove an SUV with the animals hidden inside, according to local border security chief Syed Basri Syed Ali. Authorities found 58 bearded dragons and eight African spurred tortoises. Both animals are popular pets in Malaysia but it is illegal to bring them into the country without…

WATCH: Footage of ‘huge dragon’ flying over mountains in China goes viral

BEIJING: A bizarre footage has emerged on the internet from China, showing a ‘huge dragon’ flying over mountain ranges and stirring up a debate over the strange creature. Some of the YouTube users compared the mythical beasts to tsunamis and black holes as they set out to prove the clip showed a real-life fire breathing creature. The majestic animal is apparently flying above China - which is considered the ancient kingdom of the mythical dragon - near the border with Laos. The theories behind what the footage shows…