Josef H. Reichholf

Einhorn, Phönix, Drache

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ISBN: 978-3-596-18722-5


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Living legends – on the reality of our fables and myths

How real are our mythical creatures? Where do they come from and which legends have been woven around them? On the basis of ancient folk tales and sagas from many different cultures and with a surprisingly large knowledge of zoology, Josef H. Reichholf investigates the three most mysterious mythical creatures. According to zoological diagnoses, the unicorn, the legendary ancient beast with miraculous power in its horn, is a real animal that was later attributed with mythical characteristics. The phoenix, risen in majesty from the ashes, has its origins in the flamingo. And the fire-breathing dragon in scaly armour, the most puzzling of these mysterious creatures, was never an animal but a man!
A fascinating journey through time, mythology and natural history.

About Josef H. Reichholf

Josef H. Reichho lf is an evolutionary biologist, natural historian, and best-selling author. Until 2010, he was head of the Vertebrata Section of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, as well as professor of ecology and environment at the Technische Universität München. In 2007, he was awarded the Sigmund-Freud- Prize for Academic Prose; according to Cicero magazine’s 2009 ranking, he is among Germany’s 40 most influential natural scientists. Also available from S. Fischer are his previous works Einhorn, Phönix, Drache. Woher unsere Fabeltiere kommen, Eine kurze Naturgeschichte des letzten Jahrtausends and Warum die Menschen sesshaft wurden.

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