- the Griffin may have been inspired by fossils of Protoceratops
- Dragons may have been inspired by other dinosaur fossils
- the Cyclops may have been inspired by dwarf elephant skulls
- the Kraken may have been inspired by real giant squids
- the Roc may have been inspired by the giant Aepyornis, which went extinct in the 1500s
The exhibit will be at the Boston Museum of Science through March 22, 2009.
- American Museum of Natural History Video Podcast about the Mythic Creatures exhibit
- Related resources for kids
- Mythic EdGuide: exhibit guide for teachers (pdf).
Images: Kraken model next to preserved giant squid tentacle; Roc model with a model Aepyronis in the background
Tags:science fiction, biology