It was not just her appearance that made her beautiful. Beauty was not a static picture; it was essence, it was spirit, it was that which animated. It was best expressed in movement, behaviour, accomplishment. A beautiful woman was a complete and dynamic woman.
In 1914, Othenio Abel, an Austrian paleontologist, suggested that the Cyclops of Homeric legend was based on fossil elephant finds in antiquity. Abel, who excavated many Mediterranean fossil beds, related the image of one-eyed giant cavemen to the remains of Pleistocene dwarf elephants,
Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri, common in coastal caves of Italy and Greece. Shipwrecked sailors unfamiliar with elephants might easily mistake the skull’s large nasal cavity for a central eye socket.
Skull of Palaeoloxodon falconeri, from Museum of Natural History of Verona.
Marble head of Polyphemus, first or second century A.D., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The small elephants ranged from 3 to 6 feet (1-1.8 m) high at the shoulder, and the skulls and teeth are much larger than men’s. In profile, elephant skulls do resemble grotesque human faces, and the vertebrae and limb bones could be laid out to resemble a giant man.
Since Cyclopes lived in caves, the ancient Greeks imagined them as primitive troglodytes who used rocks and clubs as weapons. The great piles of bones on the cave floors might be the remains of shipwrecked sailors—the savage Cyclopes were probably cannibals! Human occupation of Sicily and other islands where dwarf elephant bones abound occurred long before Homer, and descriptions of them probably circulated among sailors from Mycenaean times onward. The Cyclops story was assimilated into the epic poetry tradition and made famous in Homer’s Odyssey.
Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri was an archaic elephant that developed insular dwarfism due to the lacking of predators on mediterrenean islands.
The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times. Adrienne Mayor
kinfeels media suggestion #9, The Dragons of Requiem series, by Daniel Arenson
i have not read the series so proceed with caution
summary of the first book taken from the website:
Weredragons, men call them. Monsters. Cursed ones. People who can turn into beastly reptiles.
In an ancient world just rising from darkness, they are everywhere. Some wander the plains with clans of mammoth hunters. Others are born in riverside huts. Some live across the ocean where seafaring tribes are discovering the secrets of bronze and writing in clay. Everywhere their curse is the same–people who can grow wings, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons.
And everywhere, they are hunted. They hide in forests and caves, dispersed. Many are alone, unaware that others exist. They are shunned, afraid, dying … until a group of these lost souls binds together and stands tall.
A blacksmith in a world of stone tools. A mammoth hunter exiled from her tribe. A traveling juggler and a wandering warrior. An elderly druid and an outcast prince. They are weredragons. They are cursed and hunted. Together they will forge a new tribe, a home for their kind. A dawn of dragons rises. The nation of Requiem is born.
special thanks to tumblr user jason for the suggestion! this series is interesting because it consists of five separate trilogies, which can be read in any given order. it reminds me a bit of the pern series in that way and is definitely going on my christmas list this year!
マンモスの肉！？ is the actual name of the “meat” snack you see there. This was a cross over meant to be. マンモスの肉！？
translates to Mammoth Meat!? and usually has the sub heading that reads something like “A prehistoric experience snack.”Now just add Airou, a hunter and other Monster Hunter themed bits and you see that this snack was created for this MH 10th anniversary cross over (this was around before MHU btw). All variations of this snack (original or otherwise) aren’t that great sadly, but I love everything about this anyways.
Finally finished my book last week! It was also the last book in the series. I have been reading the series for the past year, and come to love all of the characters. I’m sad its over, but now its time to move onto my next series.
My baby cousin is named after Ayla from CotCB lolol
I used to have a cat named Ayla after Clan!
See, here’s the awesome thing about books: depending on when we read them, how much we need them in that moment, it doesn’t matter whether they’re the best thing ever, or whether they’re terrible. They change things. They change things forever. And a book that makes a positive change, whether it’s teaching us a word or forcing an idea to fit together or triggering the realization that hey, wait, I could do that…that book will stay with us forever. No matter what.
I adored Clan of the Cave Bear, because for me, as a smart weird blonde kid, it was about a smart weird blonde kid inventing the world. I made a sling out of leather and ran around the fields behind our house, I studied mammoths and tried to figure out how to tan leather, I studied and adored that world. I dropped out after Mammoth Hunters, because the gap between books three and four was great enough to shatter the momentum and make me realize how much I didn’t like where things were going (Ayla invents religion! Ayla invents the patriarchy!), but I will always be grateful to the first three, and the first one especially, for helping to make me.
We all have books in our foundations that our adult selves might be embarrassed by. They still hold up the weight of who we became.