Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Bizarre plant root resembles boy
Getting to the root of the matter
Baffled scientists are trying to get to the root of this astonishing plant dug out of the ground by a Chinese farmer.
The two foot tall root weighs in at a massive 12 lbs and bears an amazing resemblance to a boy in even the smallest detail.
The root comes from the Chinese knotweed plant, used by local healers as a natural laxative.
Farmer Zheng Dexun, 63, of Datianba, in southern China, said: "I was shocked that it was so large and is so clearly like a boy.
"It's bigger than my grandson. Scientists are looking at it now and will tell me how it came to be like this."