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10.21.2010

boneheads

"In her excellent book The First Fossil Hunters, author Adrienne Mayor explains, in fascinating detail, how Classical myths of giants, dragons, titans, heroes, and other ill-formed monstrous beings often stemmed from a misunderstanding of the fossil record.

A mastodon skeleton like this, for instance, seen here in its proper assembly—


—was pieced together, instead, with Herculean proportions, towering over the human figure beside it."
 



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