posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 09:51 PM
Good thought Taeas. Let's go one step further...
Imagine our very early ancestors, even as far back as our non homo sapien ones, coming across any of the weird and wonderful species of animals that
are now extinct. I'd suspect that Homo habilis and the like still had the ability to communicate and tell stories, the oral story telling tradition
is probably our earliest form of record keeping.
Anyways, imagine these guys seeing post-dinosaur reptiles, the giant forms of mammals that exist today, the strange sea life that would wash up on
shorelines. The stories they would tell of their encounters would certainly be passed down through generations. As stories are passed down, they would
take on myth-like proportions. For example, a story of how Harry the Homo Habilis escaped the clutches of the giant Dodo. As the stories get told and
retold they burn an almost permanent pathway in our minds of the struggle of our species' (and other species) survival.
In other words, I reckon a lot of our myths and stories are based on truth. How much truth still exists in these myths today is a matter for debate,
but I don't think we can deny the fact that somewhere, sometime, the story was experienced, in one form or another, by a real person.