9781454922193

Mythic Creatures And the Impossibly Real Animals Who Inspired Them

  • ISBN 13:

    9781454922193

  • ISBN 10:

    1454922192

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/01/2016
  • Publisher: Sterling Signature

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Summary

Adapted from the American Museum of Natural History exhibition Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, this book explores an array of mythological creatures—and the real animals that inspired them. Lush photos showcase rare objects from around the world as well as models of mythical beasts like krakens and Rocs, along with fossils of actual extinct animals such as the six-foot-tall primate called Gigantopithecus and dinosaurs such as Protoceratops, which may have inspired the griffin. Also included are engravings, paintings, maps, and ephemera from the Middle Ages to modern times, all capturing the origins of legendary animals that continue to thrill, terrify, and enchant us.

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