Dragons, Unicorns, and Sea Serpents: A Classic Study of the Evidence for Their Existence

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Courier Corporation, 2002 - Nature - 407 pages
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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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. Read full review

Contents

INTRODTTCTION
1
LIST OP ACTHORS CITED
27
CHAPTER H EXTINCTION OP SPECIES
42
ANTIQCITY or MAN
78
THE DELCGE NOT A MYTH
101
ON THE TRANSLATION OP MYTHS EETWEEN
137
CHAPTER VXTHE DRAGON
159
THE CHINESE DRAGON
212
CHAPTER TOI THE JAPANESE DRAGON
248
THE SEASERPENT
261
THE UNICORN
338
CHAPTER XLTHE CHINESE PHCZNII
366
APPENDICES
375
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