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【原文】

《梦溪笔谈·卷21异事18》

治平中,泽州人家穿井,土中见一物,蜿蜿如龙蛇。畏之不敢角,久之见其不动,试扑之,乃石也。村民无知,遂碎之。时程伯纯为晋城令,求得一段,鳞甲皆如生物。盖蛇蜃(shèn)所化,如石蟹之类。

【英译】

Mengxi Bitan Chapter 21 Yishi 18

During Zhiping period of the reign of Emperor Yingzong, a family in Zezhou found an object in the earth when digging a well. It was winding like a snake or a dragon. At first they did not dare to touch it. Seeing that it remained motionless for a long while, they began to lay their hands on it and found that it was a stone-like object. As the villagers were ignorant, they broke it into pieces. At that time Cheng Bochun was the county magistrate of Jincheng, he got a small piece and found that its scales looked like those of a living creature. Most probably it was transformed from a snake-like animal in the same way as the fossil of the crab was.


【今译】

治平年间,泽州有家人家打井,在土里看到一样东西,形状象龙蛇那样弯弯曲曲。人们害怕,不敢触摸。过了很久,看见它不动,就试着拍打了它一下,原来是石头。村里的人无知,将它打碎了。当时程伯纯在晋城当县官,拿到一段,上面的鳞甲都象活的一样,大概是蛇蜃之类的生物变化而成的。就象我们看到的已经变成石头的螃蟹一样。

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