I happened to catch part of a show on the History Channel proposing that some Ancient Greek myths were actually inspired by paleontologic finds. For instance, the griffin, a mythological beast with the body of a lion and head, beak, talons, and wings of an eagle, may have been inspired by fossils of Protoceratops. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying much attention until it was too late, but I think I've found the accompanying book: "The First Fossil Hunters" by Adrienne Mayor. You can read more about her theory on the site. Has anyone heard of this, read the book, have something to add, know where I can find more information, critiques, etc.?