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HAMSTERDAM SEES A CYCLOPS

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That giant and beautiful bone structure there belongs to an African Elephant. But you can see why the ancient Greeks saw those skulls and created the myth around them of the Cyclops: The one-eyed man-eating giants from an island somewhere in the mysterious south or east of their known world. I love bone divining like this, there's several mythical creatures that probably had their start in dinosaur or unknown bones that were seen but misunderstood. Another favorite: the Griffin, a winged lion with the head of an eagle, is almost certainly conjured from the skeletons of the many Proceratops that once roamed the Near East, a beaked dinosaur with the size and build of a lion. More fun examples, to be sure, but it's time to Hamsterdam.

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