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Mythical Monsters: Introduction by Loren…

Mythical Monsters: Introduction by Loren Coleman (edition 2008)

by Charles Gould

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Title:Mythical Monsters: Introduction by Loren Coleman
Authors:Charles Gould
Info:Cosimo Classics (2008), Paperback, 424 pages
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Mythical Monsters by Charles Gould



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Book begins with the idea that tales of mythical monsters must have a basis in truth, because those non-english heathens can't possibly have more imagination than an englishman.

The book goes downhill from there. ( )
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This volume is lavishly illustrated with images of the mythological (and not so mytholgical) creatures described the book. Another classic work brought to new life by Absolutely Amazing Ebooks Dragons, unicorns, centaurs -- mythological monsters all, the stuff of legends and fanciful storytelling. Right? But what if there was a basis to many of these creatures, a reason for belief in dragons and such. Charles Gould approaches the subject as if it were everyday Natural History. He explores the historical context, the ancient manuscripts, the evolutionary evidence, the tales that have been handed down, and the little known facts. You’ll enjoy Gould’s theories and postulations, whether you agree with Gould or not. And you’ll certain find all the illustrations, photographs, and diagrams fascinating.
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A geologist from the age of Darwin examines the fossil records and myths from civilizations throughout the world to illustrate the origins of legendary monsters, showing how extinct creatures such as the woolly rhinoceros might be construed as a unicorn and flying reptiles interpreted as dragons. 93 black-and-white illustrations.

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Did dragons actually wing their way across our planet? Did unicorns roam the earth? A geologist from the age of Darwin makes a case for a factual basis for these and other legendary monsters. Drawing upon sources from primitive cave paintings to eyewitness accounts, the author examines the fossil record to show how a woolly rhinoceros might be construed as a unicorn and flying reptiles interpreted as dragons. Examples of common myths from civilizations throughout the world bolster his arguments for the origins of specific monsters and his suggestions as to their true natures. Numerous illustrations, both scientific and artistic, enhance the fascinating text. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1886 edition. 93 black-and-white illustrations.… (more)

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