Tag Archive: Pliny the Elder

Sep 01

Mythological Monsters: The Animals Behind the Legends

Once upon a time, people believed in a great number of fanciful and mysterious monsters: dragons, sea serpents, mermaids and so on. Today, we regard them as tall tales but most mythological beasts have some basis in real animals, whether living or extinct. Fiction, it turns, is only as bizarre as the facts that inspire …

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Aug 18

Four Common Animal Misconceptions

Somewhere in the world right now, someone is quoting an animal ‘fact’. And by ‘fact’, I mean something that is commonly believed to be true but is completely and utterly false. These shreds of nonsense are perhaps gleamed from persistent stories and wives-tales, old cartoons or unreliable websites and then passed around by word of …

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