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The new eye-popping Field Museum exhibition Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids uses paintings, life-size models, and cultural objects from around the world to shed light on the ways people have been inspired by nature to depict strange and wonderful creatures. From Pliny the Elder who, in 77 C.E., asserted that mermaids were "no fabulous tale," to today's sightings of Scotland's famous yet unsubstantiated Loch Ness Monster, mythiccreatures delight and mystify us all.Mythic Creatures features fossils of prehistoric animals and preserved specimens to investigate and illustrate how they could have—through imagination, speculation and even fear—inspired the development of some legendary creatures.
For instance, Scythian nomads of southeastern Europe may have mistaken dinosaur fossils for the remains of griffins and narwhal tusks from the North Sea likely offered credibility to the belief in the unicorn.Throughout the exhibition, models of mythical creatures astound and delight. Come face-to-face with a 17-foot-long dragon with a wingspan of over 19 feet; a 10-foot-longunicorn; an 11-foot-long Roc with a wingspan of nearly 20 feet and huge talons sweeping overhead; and a kraken, whose 12-foot-long tentacles appear to rise out of the floor of the exhibition as if surfacing from the sea.
exhibition also includes two life-sized models of real creatures: an
over-six-foot tall extinct primate called Gigantopithecus; and the
largest bird ever to have lived, the over-nine-foot tall, extinct
Aepyornis. The exhibition will be on view from March 19 through
September 1, 2008.
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The skeleton of a large sea creature has been discovered off the coast of China"s Shandong Province.Measuring 3.5m in length, the large snake-like skeleton has generated a lot of attention since it was hauled up from the depths. Camera crews were soon on the scene to document the find as it was laid out on a red cloth for examination. Despite the report appearing online on April 1st, theoriginal story dates back to March 28th and is apparently not an April Fools Day prank.Speculation is rife over what the creature actually is.
Some believe that the skeleton, which consists of 153 individual joints, is that of a dragon or sea monster while others are more skeptical, believing it instead to be that of a shark or other conventional sea creature. "The skeleton, which is believed to have a total of 153 joints, was foundby fishermen in Qingdao on 28 March."
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The country has attracted attention again this week with a rather strange claim from archaeologists.North Korea is no stranger to bizarre claims but this one might take the cake. The official state news agency has announced that a "unicorn lair" has been found in Pyongyang and that it would have once been used by the King to house several of the mythical animals. According to reports, the discovery was made whenarchaeologists came across a rock with the words "unicorn lair" inscribed on it.The announcement might not be quite what it seems however, there is speculation that this could be a response to the recent satirical article published in the Onion that proclaimed Kim Jong-Un as "the sexiest man alive".
Could North Korea be responding in kind with its own piece of satire or is there another explanation for the origins of this bizarre "discovery" ? North Koreahas raised eyebrows around the world by announcing that researchers have proved the existence of the unicorn.
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Campaigners have proposed adding a 75ft horn to the famous 3000-year-old chalk horse in Uffington.A growing number of historians and campaigners believe the hillside drawing is actually that of a mythical unicorn rather than a horse. "The Uffington White Horse has been a great British landmark for centuries, however its true form has always been shrouded in mystery," said author Paula Broderick. "Webelieve that the Uffington carving is actually one of a unicorn, a mythical creature known to have fascinated our ancient cultures and folklore." The plan by the "Save the Unicorn at Uffington" has more than 1,000 members and is being lead by Bronze Age enthusiasts.
They claim the 3,000-year-old horse made from crushed white chalk in Uffington, Oxfordshire, was originally meant to be a depiction of themythical horned beast.
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