January 29, 2003

Cyclops' bones found on Crete

Well, not really -- but pretty close, as CNN reports:

Researchers on the southern Greek island of Crete have unearthed the fossilized tusk, teeth and bones of a Deinotherium Gigantisimum, a fearsome elephant-like creature that might have given rise to ancient legends of one-eyed cyclops monsters.

The 7 million-year-old remains suggest the mammal moved around larger areas of Europe than previously believed, possibly swimming long distances in search of food. . .

Remains of other elephant ancestors have previously been found on mainland Greece, leading some researchers to speculate that bones found by ancient Greeks may have become part of their mythology.

A large hole in the middle of the elephant's skull -- the nasal cavity for its trunk -- could have given rise to the tales of the cyclops, the ferocious mythological giant with one eye that appears in Homer's Odyssey and other stories.

The article includes a picture of an elephant skull.

This, of course, ties in to the well-received thesis of Adrienne Mayor and Peter Dodson's The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times.

Posted by David on January 29, 2003 1:21 PM


In this context, I've a fable to publish.Do please reply if you would like to read it.

Kamala Nayar

Posted by: kamala nayar on April 26, 2003 10:22 AM

can you give me a website to view the article or news about the deinotherium gigantisimum bones that were found?

Posted by: amanda on October 10, 2003 2:31 PM
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