Sunday, March 4, 2007

Cyclops Skull Found in Crete

Scientists on the Greek island of Crete have recently discovered the fossilized tusk, teeth and bones of a Deinotherium gigantisimum, a precursor to the elephant that might have given rise to legends of one-eyed cyclops monsters. The skull of the creature, like other elephants, has a hole up front which resembles a single eye socket. It is actually the nasal cavity for the trunk. But it is hard to imagine the skull to be that of an elephant since it really does seem humanoid in appearance, albeit monstrous. The photo is from

"How to Enhance Children's Imagination of the Past When Teaching History"

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