Mythic Creatures: And the Impossibly Real Animals Who Inspired Them
The Mind's Eye II
Mythic Creatures: And The Impossibly Real Animals Who Inspired Them was 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.
About the Authors:
Dr. Mark A. Norell is the Macaulay Curator and Chair of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Laurel Kendall is the Curator and Chair of the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History.
Richard Ellis is a research associate in the American Museum of Natural History's Division of Paleontology