Were These Monsters Inspired by Fossils?

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  • Published: 30 October 2019
  • Check out Monstrum's full episode on Cyclops: cepnet.mobi/video/s-pMfIWl4kI/video.html

    People have been discovering the traces and remains of prehistoric creatures for thousands of years. And they’ve also probably been telling stories about fantastic beasts since language became a thing. So, is it possible that the monsters that populate our myths and legends were influenced by the fossil record? 

    Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
    Julio Lacerda: 252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda
    Ceri Thomas: alphynix.tumblr.com/
    Fabrizio De Rossi: 252mya.com/gallery/fabrizio-de-rossi

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Comments • 976

  • PBS Eons
    PBS Eons   3 weeks back

    Hey Eons viewers! Producer Seth here. Monstrum is one of my favorite channels so it was a thrill to be able to collaborate with them on this episode. Make sure you check out their new video on cyclops and tell them Eons sent you! https://youtu.be/s-pMfIWl4kI

    • Chris Redfield
      Chris Redfield  1 weeks back

      I read that Chinese dragons were also inspired by people seeing comets and other objects entering the atmosphere while burning.

    • Jap Jab
      Jap Jab  2 weeks back

      How about a carbon footprint awareness video #teamtrees

    • Dichtsau
      Dichtsau  2 weeks back

      i've never given pbseons a thumbsdown, but now i do for once, cuz you brought in unserious monstrum into this serious channel. you know, if we'd WANT to watch that useless clickbait, we'd DO so. if we don't want to do so, you have no right to force us to stare at it; same old story as with the christians & their crosses.

    • Link Knight
      Link Knight  3 weeks back

      Cyclops is inspired by STILLBORN BABIES with a genetic defect.... but I bet you never looked into that AT ALL.

    • jjhggdcqz
      jjhggdcqz  3 weeks back

      Also, will Monstrum release a video about Eastern Dragons?

  • Epic gamer 420
    Epic gamer 420  4 hours back

    0:54 My new favorite word

    • Hillblazer
      Hillblazer  11 hours back

      I liked the part where she said Dinosaur Eiigs

      • フィンファンネル
        フィンファンネル  12 hours back

        Chinese dragon mythology, you can't even read Chinese historical literature how can you even able to present the bigger picture?

        • Metal Bob
          Metal Bob  23 hours back

          I'm taking in this channel's research but the catalogs of knowledge of dinosaurs that one can consume can't dictate if a (spelling errors) many species of pre historical manchinations had feathers or not. Organs that could have been functional, or fictional could have been lost to time. Acid burns .... Could they have thought in their limited descriptive languages of their loquacious languistic abilities equate acid with fire? We must take information as information not as fact. As well as the drive to further our understanding of natural history more so than what is classically known . In other words keep going!

          • Lia Laut
            Lia Laut  1 days back

            I was really surpirsed about the histrocal origins of the dragon statue in Klagenfurt. I live there, we call it "the Lindwurm" and theres even a story about it. In recent years, a statue of a man many claim to be Hercules was placed infront of the Lindwurm.

            • Rainface Atriarch
              Rainface Atriarch  1 days back

              YES! Finally a voice to propose the beginnings, or a t least the baby stages of so many of our mythologies.... and superstitions,,,,, and religions!~

              • Enrique AE
                Enrique AE  1 days back

                Loved it!!

                • Kawaii Koala
                  Kawaii Koala  2 days back

                  Me: reads Percy Jackson
                  Also me: Ah yes, this definitely makes sense.

                  • Trixie Leonard
                    Trixie Leonard  3 days back

                    Don't forget cave bears being mistaken by early greeks as demigods, being buried with full warrior honours, and then ancient greeks found giant people dressed in full armour and weaponry and figured they must have existed at some point. Bears look very human without fur/muscle

                    • rdooski
                      rdooski  3 days back

                      Funny how most dinosaurs have only 1 or 2 fossil examples, but dragons and griffins didn't exist because we dont have a fossil of one. Humans couldn't have been around back when dinosaurs were around also even though there are numerous fossils and other artifacts that prove otherwise.

                      • IAF7
                        IAF7  3 days back

                        History channel= PAPARAZZI LIAR CHANNEL

                      • UwU
                        UwU  3 days back

                        Most reconstruction art tends to be inaccurate bc they’re usually done without proper information on possible appearance, like how modern depictions of dinos tend to be lizard-like.

                        • Art Neihaus
                          Art Neihaus  1 days back

                          Modern art of Dino's seems to never have scales

                      • Zimrian Zimrian
                        Zimrian Zimrian  3 days back

                        🤘🐌🤘

                        • Alexis Ryuun
                          Alexis Ryuun  3 days back

                          I've always wondered if carnotaurus or something similar may have been where myths about the minotaur may have come from, after all, it was bi-pedal, had bull like horns on its head, and sharp flesh rending teeth, just a thought

                          • Enio Rezende
                            Enio Rezende  3 days back

                            Of course . ALL monster tales were written by archeologysts. Thats a fact Google proves it

                            • D H
                              D H  4 days back

                              Im diggin’ that shirt

                              • MB 4050
                                MB 4050  4 days back

                                OMG! I can't believe there's a YouTube video mentioning Klagenfurt!

                                • Nikolay Ivankov
                                  Nikolay Ivankov  4 days back

                                  The "dragon bones" were used in Chinese medicine for centuries, but these were no dinosaur bones. Those weren't dinosaur fossils, however, but more like cattle bones with oracle inscriptions made during the Shang dynasty.

                                  • Sergio Solórzano
                                    Sergio Solórzano  4 days back

                                    of course, in medieval ages they already discovered lots of fossils, and thought them as monsters...

                                    • Shadow of Neo
                                      Shadow of Neo  4 days back

                                      i always felt the concept of dragons was invented by early humans witnessing an f-16 pass through a wormhole, a loud boom, fire breathing...just saying

                                      • Larips Seye
                                        Larips Seye  5 days back

                                        GRIFFITH!!

                                        • S B
                                          S B  5 days back

                                          Mummies: Hey, wait a sec

                                          • Ali Ajaj
                                            Ali Ajaj  5 days back

                                            Where did the nas nas in ancient arabian mythology originate?

                                          • n ziom
                                            n ziom  5 days back

                                            I mean it would make so much sence that most mystical creatures were inspired by fossils at least this means they were real but not in the way ancient civilizations thought.

                                            • [RxBfac]_DJD4n
                                              [RxBfac]_DJD4n  6 days back

                                              Not mine but Eurasia

                                              • ItWasntMeEitherMayBe
                                                ItWasntMeEitherMayBe  6 days back

                                                I've had that idea first 💡

                                                • Jay Dee
                                                  Jay Dee  6 days back

                                                  Or dragons were inspired by
                                                  ● ☆ ~ S A T A N ~ ☆ ○

                                                  • Jasper Rauhanen
                                                    Jasper Rauhanen  6 days back

                                                    I like the fact that she said Jing and Jang wrong

                                                  • kamz
                                                    kamz  6 days back

                                                    the welsh dragon

                                                    • Bianka Toth
                                                      Bianka Toth  6 days back

                                                      You look so much like me it's scary

                                                      • Thanks Obama
                                                        Thanks Obama  6 days back

                                                        PBS Eons is waay too Woke for me.

                                                        • SEVEN HEVEN
                                                          SEVEN HEVEN  7 days back

                                                          *Inspired by fossils = CALLS THEM MONSTERS*

                                                          • Derpeddog
                                                            Derpeddog  7 days back

                                                            What mod is it can you link it so I can play it these creatures look INSANE!!!

                                                            • Kell Harris
                                                              Kell Harris  1 weeks back

                                                              Honestly with the way some off these dinosaurs look how are they not dragons? Like what's the real difference? The only difference is the lack off fire breath. and magic. Some are serpentine like eastern dragons and there where many that looked western.

                                                              • Jose Diola
                                                                Jose Diola  1 weeks back

                                                                Ancients: We saw dragons
                                                                Moderns: no its fossil
                                                                ....

                                                                Moderns: we saw chupacabra,bigfoot, UFO, MothMan....
                                                                Ancients: I'll be waiting here boi to choke u!

                                                                • curious shaman
                                                                  curious shaman  1 weeks back

                                                                  Hephaestus made zeus his thunderbolt lol you guys suck at history

                                                                  • ados gang
                                                                    ados gang  1 weeks back

                                                                    Dragons are dinosaurs

                                                                    • raven lord
                                                                      raven lord  1 weeks back

                                                                      As if real animals aren't scary enough already :)

                                                                      • 6 Gorillian Sea Monkeys

                                                                        Congressman Zioclops father, was he a traitor of stolen governance too?

                                                                        • U down wit O.P.P
                                                                          U down wit O.P.P  1 weeks back

                                                                          They were giant lizards. Dinosaurs dont exist 👍

                                                                        • ArchieMarchie
                                                                          ArchieMarchie  1 weeks back

                                                                          if you think about it, flying dinosaurs could be dragons

                                                                        • Dillon Helms
                                                                          Dillon Helms  1 weeks back

                                                                          Love the info but Dr.Z is stealing the show for me lol

                                                                          • Futschas Ananas
                                                                            Futschas Ananas  1 weeks back

                                                                            Lol im am born in Klagenfurt

                                                                            • Aaron Clarke
                                                                              Aaron Clarke  1 weeks back

                                                                              I saw a documentary on Ancient Greece and they thought the gigomachy (war between giants and gods) took place on a particular island because they found mammoth bones in large quantities.

                                                                              • Puppet Guy
                                                                                Puppet Guy  1 weeks back

                                                                                It's very weird you talk about the origin of cyclops without mentioning cyclopia, which I assume played a role in perpetuating myts about cyclops

                                                                                • Paul C Robertson
                                                                                  Paul C Robertson  1 weeks back

                                                                                  I hope our ancestors especially butcher's would have been able to identify human bones from other animal's. Cyclopia, is a birth defect.

                                                                                  • J G
                                                                                    J G  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I remember how I went to the beach as a small kid, maybe 8 years old, and searched for funny looking stones. I was also a huge dinosaur fan and I always dreamt of finding the remains of a creature that lived millions of years ago. And sometimes, I actually found little stones that didn't quite look like stones. I still have them, one of them looks like a layer of skin with scales, or the imprints of scales. I'm still not sure what exactly caused the weird structure, but when I found it, I felt like I had just discovered a miracle.
                                                                                    The excitement hasn't faded away. I recently started going to university, and I'm studying archeology. I love it.

                                                                                    • J G
                                                                                      J G  4 days back

                                                                                      @J G :o

                                                                                    • J G
                                                                                      J G  6 days back

                                                                                      J G I hadn't noticed! Maybe I'm you from the future. ;)

                                                                                    • J G
                                                                                      J G  6 days back

                                                                                      @J G thanks, yes I really enjoy it, although I'm still at the start. And I just noticed that we both have the same username 😃

                                                                                    • J G
                                                                                      J G  1 weeks back

                                                                                      J G as I read I was going to tell yoy: "study archaeology..."
                                                                                      I hope you enjoy it! :)