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Originally posted by Hanslune
Could the Early people have had access or seen fossils of dinosarus or other megafauna? Yes, we know that the Greeks did and they even pictured them in their art.
[edit on 12/7/08 by Hanslune]
As Mayor shows, the Greeks and Romans were well aware that a different breed of creatures once inhabited their lands. They frequently encountered the fossilized bones of these primeval beings, and they developed sophisticated concepts to explain the fossil evidence, concepts that were expressed in mythological stories. The legend of the gold-guarding griffin, for example, sprang from tales first told by Scythian gold-miners, who, passing through the Gobi Desert at the foot of the Altai Mountains, encountered the skeletons of Protoceratops and other dinosaurs that littered the ground.