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The Origin of the Griffin (issue #38)

Junior Skeptic cover


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Junior Skeptic can be found within this issue of Skeptic magazine.

in this issue

Top 10 Busted Myths
  • A scholar investigates
    the mystery;
  • Ancient Fossil Discoveries:
    The Bones of Heros;
  • Tales from the Desert:
    Guardians of Gold;
  • Ancient Trade Routes;
  • Case Solved?:
  • Objections to the Theory;
  • Protoceratops Did Not
    Have Wings;
  • Early Griffins;
  • The Bottom Line

Written by Daniel Loxton. Art by Daniel Loxton and Jim Smith. Cover art by Daniel Loxton and Ed Heck.

from the Introduction


I’m Daniel, the Editor of Junior Skeptic. Welcome to our look at the legendary griffins — creatures with the bodies of lions and the heads of eagles!

Today, griffins are considered mythical, and are best known from fantasy fiction such as Harry Potter. But for a thousand years and more, people in Europe believed that griffins were living animals in far-off lands. Where did this idea come from — and could griffins be based on something real? Let’s find out!

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