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Oldest Image of Dragon Said Found in Shanxi Province

September 9, 1993

BEIJING (AP) _ The oldest known image of a dragon, the legendary symbol of Chinese nationality, was recently discovered in cliff paintings dating back 10,000 years in north-central China, an official report said Thursday.

The painting was found on a cliff in the southwestern corner of Shanxi province. It was surrounded by images of a female deer carrying a young deer on her back and of a hybrid of the body of a fish with deer horns, Xinhua News Agency said.

Archaeologists found another cliff painting showing the image of a nude goddess that was a combination of the goddesses of heaven and Earth.

More than 1,000 stone tools were found at the site, dating the find to the Middle Stone Age, the news agency said.

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