Fantastical Beasts from Mythology that Actually Existed!

What comes to mind when you think of mythological beasts?  Dragons?  Unicorns?  Hobbits?!  Surely none of those actually existed, right?

Well, you might be surprised…  there are actually many theories out there that explore whether or not these beasts were real, so we’ve decided to help separate fact from fiction.

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Unicorns

Amazingly, scientists have been able to prove that unicorns did in fact exist, but not as the ethereal beauties we’ve all come to know and love.  Instead, they looked more like a rhino than a prancing pony with a horn on it’s head.

The American Journal of Applied Sciences found that unicorns weighed about 8000 pounds and were a staggering six feet tall!  How’d you like that unicorn placing it’s head in your lap?  Yowza.

Dragons

People have long wondered if dragons have ever roamed the earth.  The truth is that the existence of a dragon is far more believable to have existed than many other fantastical creatures that might come to mind.  Think about komodo dragons, which are currently the largest living lizard on earth.

Imagine thousands of years ago when they were even more gigantic!  Not only that, they had a poisonous bite that literally caused their victims to bleed to death, and were known to reach an incredible length of 26 feet long.

Dire Wolves

These wolves are pretty popular these days, thanks to the popular series, Game of Thrones.  They’ve also been known to make an appearance in folklore and role playing board games.

Amazingly, they were actual creatures that existed during the Pleistocene Epoch, and were the largest canid ever known to exist.  The skeletons of these majestic canines have even been found in the La Brea tar pits!

Hobbits

Yep, we even have hobbits on this list.  Their existence is linked to nine bodies that were found on the island of Flores in Indonesia.  Those bodies stood at only three feet tall, and had skulls that are a third of the size of humans.

They were found to be an entirely separate humanoid species altogether, called Homo floresiensis, and nicknamed the “hobbit”, for rather obvious reasons.