Mythical Monsters

Mythical Monsters

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by Charles Gould
     
 

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The core of the book is about dragons: Western, Chinese, and Japanese, although it also covers the Sea-serpent, the Unicorn, and the Chinese Phoenix. Gould hypothesized that the dragon was based on an unknown, very rare animal, a huge reptile with wings, which became extinct in historical times. He also concluded that persistent sea-serpent sightings were also due to… See more details below

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The core of the book is about dragons: Western, Chinese, and Japanese, although it also covers the Sea-serpent, the Unicorn, and the Chinese Phoenix. Gould hypothesized that the dragon was based on an unknown, very rare animal, a huge reptile with wings, which became extinct in historical times. He also concluded that persistent sea-serpent sightings were also due to an undiscovered surviving prehistoric marine animal. He drew on the then-emerging body of fossil evidence for prehistoric megafauna, from flying lizards to whale-sized aquatic dinosaurs.
In context the proposal was not all that outrageous. Darwin had 25 years earlier proposed that humans are part of a huge web of biological relationships over vast realms of time and space. Gould leads off with a discussion of some other 'earth mysteries:' the world-wide flood myth, cultural diffusion, Atlantis, and extensive cryptozoology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781300096252
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
01/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
421,184
File size:
1 MB

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