Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns And Mermaids And The Impossibly Real Animals Who Inspired Them
by American Museum Of Natural History
Dragons and krakens and rocs, oh, my!
Dragons, unicorns, and sea monsters—did they really exist? Adapted from the American Museum of Natural History exhibition, Mythic Creatures explores an array of fabled beings and the real animals that inspired them. Lush photos showcase rare objects from around the world and models of beasts like krakens and rocs, along with fossils of actual extinct animals such as the six-foot-tall primate Gigantopithecus; dinosaurs like Protoceratops, which may have inspired the griffin; and Aepyornis, a bird that stood over nine feet tall. Complemented by engravings, paintings, maps, and ephemera from the Middle Ages to modern times, this remarkable book captures the origins of legendary animals that continue to thrill, terrify, and enchant us.
About the Author
Laurel Kendall is the Curator and Chair of the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History. Her books include The Museum at the End of the World.
Mark A. Norell is the Macaulay Curator and Chair of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. He is co-author of The Dinosaur Hunters.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||November 22, 2016|