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  • Zoology and Mythology – Looking at Angels, Fairies and Dragons

    By Jack Ashby, on 25 November 2011

    Last week was the Grant Museum’s 15th Annual Robert Edmond Grant Lecture, in which the superb Professor Roger Wotton explored the world of mythical creatures. He applied Grant’s own science of comparative anatomy to see whether things like angels, fairies and demons could actually fly, biologically speaking.

    The science was solid, and – SPOILER ALERT – the answer was no. UCL Events blog reviewed the event in full, so you can read all about it there.

    Roger’s original article on the topic can be found here in the Telegraph

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    One Response to “Zoology and Mythology – Looking at Angels, Fairies and Dragons”

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      Symbolseeker wrote on 26 November 2011:

      I read this article, most interesting. Although it is true that symbols depicting mythological and magical beasts do not follow the rules of science and anatomy. these symbols have an important function: they carry with them pieces of human history preserved in folklore, fairy tales, and mythology – oral traditions that depend on the memorable nature of the characters and stories to survive time. After decades of research, my colleague and I have been able to place these symbols in proper historic context and decode some of the origins of these fantastic creatures. http://www.whiteknightstudio.com

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