The griffin and the dinosaur : how Adrienne Mayor discovered a fascinating link between myth and science
Part of the Science & Nature series
Could Griffins have been real? When Adrienne Mayor carefully read the ancient Greek and Roman descriptions, this mythic hybrid of a lion and an eagle sounded like something people had actually seen.
What could explain that evidence? After a decade of hunting through myths, poring over old maps, and tracing the discoveries of modern dinosaur hunters, she found the answer: awesome dinosaur fossils observed by ancient gold-hunters in the Gobi desert.
Here is the story of one insightful, curious, and determined woman who solved the mystery of the Griffin, and invented a new science.
Now she and others travel the world matching myths and fossils.