The myth of the Cyclops may have been inspired by mammoth skulls


The Ancient Greeks may have concluded that cyclops existed based on fossils. The mythical giant one eyed creature that menanced Odysseus and his crew may have been based on a mammoth skull. According to National Geographic: “to paleontologists today, the large hole in the center of the skull suggests a pronounced trunk. To the ancient Greeks, Deinotherium skulls could well be the foundation for their tales of the fearsome one-eyed Cyclops.”

Hat tip: Simon Pillinger