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From its origins as totems or stylized depiction of natural creatures, the Chinese dragon evolved to become a mythical animal. To the Han Dynasty dragon's appearance is described as a being with the body of a snake, scales of a carp, the tail of a whale, deer horns, the face of a camel, the claws of an eagle, the ears of a bull, the feet of a tiger and the eyes of a lobster, besides having a flaming pearl under its chin. Chinese dragons are occasionally depicted with bat wings growing from their front limbs, but most of them do not have them, while still being able to fly.

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Additional Photos by Pablo Zarzuelo (colibriav) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 282 W: 5 N: 262] (2208)
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