A blog for the United States branch of the global Centre for Fortean Zoology
At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.
Friday 23 May 2014
BEWARE OF THE CYCLOPS
Cyclops having a look around.
What is the origin of the legend of the Cyclops, the great one-eyed giant of Greek mythology. We cannot say with certainty. Initially, there were only three of them. However, the story most people remember is the encounter Ulysses/Odysseus had with one of them, an inhospitable chap called Polyphemus. This was supposed to have taken place on an island called Trinacria, which the ancients identified with Sicily. The idea that Sicily once harbored gigantic humanoids may have come from the finding of elephant skulls with what was taken to be a single eye socket in the front, which resembled gigantic human skulls. Actually, the "socket" was in fact where the trunk connected to the skull. The eye sockets were around the side. It is actually possible for a human to be born with cyclopeanism, one eye in the center rather than two in the usual places. Often this condition means that you have no nose.