The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere — sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils — have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs and works of art. Today these creatures, from the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, continue to thrill, terrify, entertain and inspire us.
We seem to catch glimpses of these creatures all around us: hiding beneath the ocean waves, running silently through the forest and soaring among the clouds. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy. Together Mythic Beasts give shape to humankind’s greatest hopes, fears and most passionate dreams.
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MYTHIC BEASTS: DRAGONS, UNICORNS AND MERMAIDS
IS ORGANIZED BY THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK (WWW.AMNH.ORG), IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE FIELD MUSEUM, CHICAGO; THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF CIVILIZATION, GATINEAU; THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, SYDNEY;
AND THE FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, ATLANTA.