Recently, I have been exploring the fascinating world of natural history. The earth and its origins are something I have always wanted to learn more about, but haven’t had the time. I just came across a fascinating article by biology professor, Jeff Duff, that talks about how legendary tales of Leviathan or dragons might have developed. So, where did some of the legendary stories of these creatures come from? What about the Bible’s mention of Leviathan or lion type creatures with wings?
As Adrienne Mayor points out in her book The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times, a likely explanation is that people in antiquity encountered bones and fossils of dinosaurs and imagined creative scenarios of what the creatures might have been like. Read the article discussing Mayor’s book on the very cool blog Naturalis Historia for the whole scoop.