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Eons: Were These Monsters Inspired by Fossils?

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People have been discovering the traces and remains of prehistoric creatures for thousands of years. They have also probably been telling stories about fantastic beasts since language became a thing. Is it possible that the monsters that populate myths and legends were influenced by the fossil record? Part of the "Eons" series.

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Runtime: 12 minutes 18 seconds

A Wooly Rhino is grazing on the slope of a mountain.
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An illustration depicts a pair of dinosaurs fighting each other.
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An illustration depicts a bat flying in sky.
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An illustration depicts an extinct animal, the Giant Lemur.
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