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Ancient Reasons for Monsters

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Science  19 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5469, pp. 1180
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5469.1180

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The First Fossil Hunters Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. Adrienne Mayor. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2000. 381 pp. $35, £21.95. ISBN 0-691-05863-6.

Mayor, a classical folklorist, interprets Greek and Roman accounts of giant bones in light of modern vertebrate paleontology. She argues that many of the mythic monsters were grounded in the remains of long-extinct animals.