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The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. Read & Download ✓ 100 Â Griffins Cyclopes Monsters and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient GreeGriffins Cyclopes Monsters and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans But what if these beings were than merely fictions What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters Through careful research and meticulous documentation she convincingly shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact in the enormou. 45 starsMayor writes an incredibly easy to read well researched and very convincing thesis in this book I was already passively interested in this subject but now that I've read this I'm very much interested in learning about how other ancient and indigenous cultures interpreted the fossils and other prehistoric evidenceGreeks and Romans were excavating fossil remains of prehistoric creatures long before archaeology and paleontology as sciences ever existed However modern archaeology has discarded or ignored many of these ancient findings because they were framed in an unscientific way through myths and legends The fossils of mega fauna that these people were finding were interpreted as the bones of legendary heros and monsters from an age before the then present day And while this may seem like an absurd conclusion to scientists the ancient's conclusion was actually uite accurate At the core the bones that were uncovered were understood to be those from various creatures that had existed much earlier in time and had gone extinct before the current race of humans ever existed on EarthIt can be easy to discard these observations as being shaped by beliefs But even when that is the case there must be substantial credit given as these beliefs helped people to pay attention to the natural world around them and not simply ignore the giant fossils they came across Rather they dug them up and displayed them as relics in temples and museums or gave them ceremonial reburials treating them as ancient ancestors or curiosities in the case of monsters Regardless of the context they were displayed in they were understood to have important significance in the history of human beings Archaeologists have only recently started paying this much attention to bones and remains of non humans in sites for years they ignored these finds or simply wrote them off as waste rather than recognizing them as important paleontological findsI was also excited to read this in hopes it would break down some of the preconceived views that some archaeologists sometimes have of cultures and it did so perfectly without bad mouthing the discipline altogether Rather Mayor encourages cross discipline workings where archaeologists paleontologists and historians and mythographers work to analyze all aspects of a site being excavated or studied Rather than archaeologists just discarding useless fossils and bones and discounting myths legends and cultural beliefs a varied team could provide analysis of all aspects of site and give a better understanding of the science the history AND the culture of the site in uestion through multiple lenses of focusWhile I had been hoping this focused on the griffin thesis this is the first chapter which is used as a jumping off thesis for the rest of the book it's still an excellent read for anyone interested in such a niche subject and I'd very highly recommend itCross posted on my blog

The First Fossil Hunters Paleontology in Greek and Roman TimesGriffins Cyclopes Monsters and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans But what if these beings were than merely fictions What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters Through careful research and meticulous documentation she convincingly shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact in the enormou. 45 starsMayor writes an incredibly easy to read well researched and very convincing thesis in this book I was already passively interested in this subject but now that I've read this I'm very much interested in learning about how other ancient and indigenous cultures interpreted the fossils and other prehistoric evidenceGreeks and Romans were excavating fossil remains of prehistoric creatures long before archaeology and paleontology as sciences ever existed However modern archaeology has discarded or ignored many of these ancient findings because they were framed in an unscientific way through myths and legends The fossils of mega fauna that these people were finding were interpreted as the bones of legendary heros and monsters from an age before the then present day And while this may seem like an absurd conclusion to scientists the ancient's conclusion was actually uite accurate At the core the bones that were uncovered were understood to be those from various creatures that had existed much earlier in time and had gone extinct before the current race of humans ever existed on EarthIt can be easy to discard these observations as being shaped by beliefs But even when that is the case there must be substantial credit given as these beliefs helped people to pay attention to the natural world around them and not simply ignore the giant fossils they came across Rather they dug them up and displayed them as relics in temples and museums or gave them ceremonial reburials treating them as ancient ancestors or curiosities in the case of monsters Regardless of the context they were displayed in they were understood to have important significance in the history of human beings Archaeologists have only recently started paying this much attention to bones and remains of non humans in sites for years they ignored these finds or simply wrote them off as waste rather than recognizing them as important paleontological findsI was also excited to read this in hopes it would break down some of the preconceived views that some archaeologists sometimes have of cultures and it did so perfectly without bad mouthing the discipline altogether Rather Mayor encourages cross discipline workings where archaeologists paleontologists and historians and mythographers work to analyze all aspects of a site being excavated or studied Rather than archaeologists just discarding useless fossils and bones and discounting myths legends and cultural beliefs a varied team could provide analysis of all aspects of site and give a better understanding of the science the history AND the culture of the site in uestion through multiple lenses of focusWhile I had been hoping this focused on the griffin thesis this is the first chapter which is used as a jumping off thesis for the rest of the book it's still an excellent read for anyone interested in such a niche subject and I'd very highly recommend itCross posted on my blog

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The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times. Ã D other dinosaurs that littered the groundLike their modern counterparts the ancient fossil hunters collected and measured impressive petrified remains and displayed them in temples and museums; they attempted to reconstruct the appearance of these prehistoric creatures and to explain their extinction Long thought to be fantasy the remarkably detailed and perceptive Greek and Roman accounts of giant bone finds were actually based on solid paleontological facts By reading these neglected narratives for the first time in the light of modern scientific discoveries Adrienne Mayor illuminates a lost world of ancient paleontolo. Another great book from Adrienne Mayor with well researched convincing data from the classical world about the bones of heroes and giants who may actually have been mammoths dinosaurs or woolly rhinos The correlation of ancient accounts of giant bones to fossil beds is convincing and some of the evidence notable the vase painting of a man facing a fossil outcropping is astonishing Mayor's style is clear mildly academic and very entertaining My favorite two chapters are the one on griffins and the final one on ancient exhibitions of tritons and satyrs the ancestors of the carnival gaffs of later days There's a world of wonders here and I will never look at mythology uite the same way again review Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook × Adrienne Mayor

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Adrienne Mayor × 0 characters S bones of long extinct species that were once abundant in the lands of the Greeks and RomansAs Mayor shows the Greeks and Romans were well aware that a different breed of creatures once inhabited their lands They freuently 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 an. Palaeontology seems like such a modern academic discipline one that relies very much on advances in modern scientific knowledge We know now how and why fossils are created what they are and where they came from but I suspect many people like myself have rarely stopped to think about how our ancestors may have viewed these massive bones and relics In the modern era we go looking for such things but hundreds and thousands of years ago people often just stumbled across them via agriculture erosion climatic upheaval What did they think they wereMayor argues that we can in fact determine how the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated these fossils into their worldview via their art literature and mythology The mythical griffin for example she argues was based on the skeletal remains of protoceratops preserved in the sands of the Gobi Desert Or the legend of the Cyclops was based on the discovery of prehistoric elephant and mammoth skulls the large hole in the skull for the trunk mistaken for a single eye socketGreek literature and historical records are full of reports of the findings of giants' and heroes' remains all given the stamp of authenticity through Greek mythology and often given ceremonial burials Ajax Achilles Theseus the list goes on Scholars have traditionally dismissed these reports as the credulity of simpler minds in ages past but these ancient peoples really did find giant bones There is ample testimony of fossils found in temples and in sacred sites through Greece Italy Persia Egypt North Africa Not having the benefit of our knowledge they simply developed elaborate myth systems to explain their existenceIf nothing else this book is a warning against the increasing silo ization of academic scholarship How many palaeontologists would be familiar enough with Greek and Roman art and literature to make the connection between their fossils and the ancients' monsters of myth How many Greek scholars would recognise the physical similarities between a stylised griffin on a bronze bowl and the skeleton of a protoceratops It's a rare author that can successfully combine Greek and Roman literature folklore art and mythology with history geology archaeology and palaeontology but Adrienne Mayor than succeeds What a fascinating book this is I could hardly put it down