Were These Monsters Inspired by Fossils?

  • Published: 30 October 2019
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    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 • 953

  • PBS Eons
    PBS Eons   2 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  5 days 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  1 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  2 weeks back

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

    • jjhggdcqz
      jjhggdcqz  2 weeks back

      Also, will Monstrum release a video about Eastern Dragons?

  • Trixie Leonard
    Trixie Leonard  4 hours 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  5 hours 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  8 hours back

        History channel= PAPARAZZI LIAR CHANNEL

        • UwU
          UwU  16 hours 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.

          • Zimrian Zimrian
            Zimrian Zimrian  18 hours back


            • Alexis Ryuun
              Alexis Ryuun  19 hours 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  19 hours back

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

                • D H
                  D H  20 hours back

                  Im diggin’ that shirt

                  • MB 4050
                    MB 4050  21 hours back

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

                    • Nikolay Ivankov
                      Nikolay Ivankov  24 hours 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  1 days back

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

                        • Shadow of Neo
                          Shadow of Neo  1 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  2 days back


                            • S B
                              S B  2 days back

                              Mummies: Hey, wait a sec

                              • Ali Ajaj
                                Ali Ajaj  2 days back

                                Where did the nas nas in ancient arabian mythology originate?

                                • n ziom
                                  n ziom  3 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  3 days back

                                    Not mine but Eurasia

                                    • ItWasntMeEitherMayBe
                                      ItWasntMeEitherMayBe  3 days back

                                      I've had that idea first 💡

                                      • Jay Dee
                                        Jay Dee  3 days back

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

                                        • Jasper Rauhanen
                                          Jasper Rauhanen  3 days back

                                          I like the fact that she said Jing and Jang wrong

                                          • kamz
                                            kamz  3 days back

                                            the welsh dragon

                                            • Bianka Toth
                                              Bianka Toth  4 days back

                                              You look so much like me it's scary

                                              • Thanks Obama
                                                Thanks Obama  4 days back

                                                PBS Eons is waay too Woke for me.

                                                • Daniel Briseno
                                                  Daniel Briseno  4 days back

                                                  *Inspired by fossils = CALLS THEM MONSTERS*

                                                  • Derpeddog
                                                    Derpeddog  4 days back

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

                                                    • Kell Harris
                                                      Kell Harris  5 days 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  5 days 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  5 days back

                                                          Hephaestus made zeus his thunderbolt lol you guys suck at history

                                                          • ados gang
                                                            ados gang  5 days back

                                                            Dragons are dinosaurs

                                                            • raven lord
                                                              raven lord  5 days 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  5 days back

                                                                  They were giant lizards. Dinosaurs dont exist 👍

                                                                  • ArchieMarchie
                                                                    ArchieMarchie  5 days back

                                                                    if you think about it, flying dinosaurs could be dragons

                                                                  • Dillon Helms
                                                                    Dillon Helms  5 days back

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

                                                                    • Futschas Ananas
                                                                      Futschas Ananas  6 days back

                                                                      Lol im am born in Klagenfurt

                                                                      • Aaron Clarke
                                                                        Aaron Clarke  6 days 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  6 days 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  6 days 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  6 days 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  2 days back

                                                                                @J G :o

                                                                              • J G
                                                                                J G  3 days back

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

                                                                              • J G
                                                                                J G  3 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  4 days back

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

                                                                            • 6th Gen SuperSlow
                                                                              6th Gen SuperSlow  7 days back

                                                                              Why does it seem that we have more complete fossils of dinosaurs from millions of years ago but we don’t have many from our human ancestors?

                                                                              • Aliza canjura
                                                                                Aliza canjura  1 weeks back

                                                                                Thank you for wearing dinosaur blouses

                                                                                • jada
                                                                                  jada  1 weeks back

                                                                                  It's so wild and beautiful how so many cultures could share the same mythology and ideas when they are miles apart

                                                                                  • TAUNGENIQUE WILLIAMS
                                                                                    TAUNGENIQUE WILLIAMS  1 weeks back

                                                                                    5:06 to 5:07 Dragon tales Dragon tales it’s almost time for dragon tales

                                                                                    • P. Kelly Stark 939393
                                                                                      P. Kelly Stark 939393  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Wholly rhino. It's the unicorn.

                                                                                      • maddy b
                                                                                        maddy b  1 weeks back

                                                                                        wtf is an eontologist, you cant just make up words

                                                                                        • ThePalmerScott
                                                                                          ThePalmerScott  1 weeks back

                                                                                          I thought the scientists for this channel would know the difference between a clan shell and a scallop shell.

                                                                                        • Carl Vella Art
                                                                                          Carl Vella Art  1 weeks back