Publlisher's Note: This is a classic article on sea monsters snd maps. I highly recommend it. There is far more information at http://www.livescience.com. Enjoy Dirk
By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The iconic sea serpents, mermaids and other mythical creatures found on world maps from medieval and Renaissance times splash to life on the pages of a new book.
Despite their wild appearance, many of these creatures were based on real animals.
"The creatures look purely fantastic. They all look like they were just made up," Van Duzer, a map historian at the Library of Congress, said here Thursday (Sept. 5) in a talk about his book. "But, in fact, a lot of them come from what were considered, at the time, scientific sources."
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