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Mythological Beasts: Dragon Bones, Griffin Claws—and Dinosaurs?

  • Houston Museam of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX, 77030 United States (map)

The KPMG Lecture

Dr. Adrienne Mayor
Stanford University

How could dragons—imaginary animals—exist in cultures all over the world? For millennia, storytellers have recounted tales about mysterious creatures, but the vivid human imagination is only part of the story. Accounts from classical Greece, Europe, North America, and China tell of physical evidence taken as proof that fabulous beasts once really existed. Explore puzzling natural evidence that led people to believe in dragons, griffins, and other fantastic creatures. Did ancient discoveries of dinosaur fossils play a role? 

After her talk, Dr. Mayor will sign copies of her book The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times

Cosponsored by Houston Museum of Natural Science

Presented in conjunction with Cabinet of Curiosities exhibit.  

Admission:  HMNS and AIA Member - $12.00
General Admission - $18.00
Use code AIA$6off to obtain discounted tickets by phone at 713.639.4629 or at HMNS box office.

Earlier Event: October 15
Ancient Houston
Later Event: October 22
The Griffin & the Dinosaur