posted on Feb, 8 2009 @ 11:49 PM
THE Griffin is a monster with the body of a lion, the head and
wings of an eagle, and back covered with feathers. Like birds it
builds its nest, and instead of an egg lays an agate therein. It
has long claws and talons of such a size that the people of that
country make them into drinking-cups. India was assigned as the
native country of the Griffins. They found gold in the mountains
and built their nests of it, for which reason their nests were
very tempting to the hunters, and they were forced to keep
vigilant guard over them. Their instinct led them to know where
buried treasures lay, and they did their best to keep plunderers
at a distance.
OK so the idea is a little bit far-fetched, you say. Hear me out.
On Ian Punnet's recend radio show he brought up a point that most of the creatures revered in hereldary have a counterpart in nature, because people
like to have a physical embodiment of the charictaristics they are emulating.
This got me thinking about the Griffin, which is represented in many different cultures. Assuming that it is "real" it is not a creature that is
likely to be found in nature. Consider:
If you have a bird's body, it is highly specialized to sustain flight. Its bones are hollow, its body are arranged so that the muscles powering
flight are in the chest rather than the wings, ect. ect.
Having a creature that had a partially mamalian body but was still able to fly with feathered wings would be virtually impossible, but the
characteristics are clearly ascribed to the Griffin as stated above.
So... assuming that it is/was at one time real, the Griffin strikes me as something that might be an example of genetic engineering. Why?
- The obvious: It's composed of two distinctly different species.
- The great size: Remember the video of the Liger and how fronkin' huge that thing was? Perhaps the same principal would apply here.
- The location: India is also reported to be the site of an ancient nuclear war. In our own world we have discovered nuclear technology and genetic
technology at relatively the same time--why not in ancient times too?
Thoughts appreciated ATS.