10 famous legends that have been scientifically explained
Myths have fed the souls of people for centuries. As it turns out, some ancient legends have roots in the prosaic events, and science can explain that. Do you still believe in werewolves and vampires? Just take a look at these simple explanations of the nature of the most famous mystical characters and events in history.
Many cultures have stories about the Great Flood, and, as it turns out, a really dramatic flood took place in Mesopotamia around 10,000 BC
According to other sources, the Flood myth was based on the Black Sea deluge, a theoretic catastrophic rise in the level of the sea around 5600 BC.
People still tell stories about giants, but what if one of the most famous myths in history had been based on a genetic mutation?
Robert Wadlow, a man who reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height, is in the second picture. He is still known as the tallest human being in history. Some scientists believe that people with an abnormally high level of human growth hormone and other problems of a kind have always been around, and that's how the myth about terrifying giants appeared.
In the past, people who were thought to have been werewolves just suffered from a rare disease
Hypertrichosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal amount of hair growth over the different parts of one's body. It can be both congenital or acquired. Now it's clear that people who lived thousand years before were not able to explain this. They were afraid, and probably that's why they started such rumors.
The ones who were thought to have been vampires suffered the same pain!
People who suffer from porphyria can't stay under the sun: their skin starts swelling, they experience terrible itching. This rare disease affects approximately 50 per 50,000 people. Anyway, the exact frequency is unclear. Such people have a lot in common with mysterious vampires, don't you think? According to different reports, people who suffered from porphyria in the past also looked quite scary due to the lack of proper treatment.
Many people believe that the dragons were inspired by the bones of dinosaurs
Ancient civilizations who believed in the existence of dragons could have easily come across the bones of the dinosaurs. In Mongolia, for example, dinosaur skeletons can be found even today! Two-headed dragons could have been inspired by lizards or snakes, as they can also have two heads sometimes.
A myth about centaur was probably created by Greeks after their first meeting with the horsemen of the nomadic tribes
The Scyths, Tauri and Kassites were skillful riders, while the Greeks didn't know the horseback riding yet. The Greek farmers got scared and didn't find another explanation.
The legend about Minotaur, a creature half man – half bull, can also be scientifically explained
According to the myth, Minotaur dwelt in a mysterious Labyrinth and his terrible roar could be heard for several miles. Scientists believe that was the way the ancient Greeks explained the earthquake activity on Crete.
The cyclops legend was probably inspired by the skulls of dwarf elephants
As you can see, the ancient Greeks could have mistaken the central nasal cavity for the eye socket.
The Giant Rhinoceros of Siberia were creatures not as graceful and beautiful as unicorns...
...anyway, they are called "unicorn prototypes" or Siberian unicorns.
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