Not every fantastic creature comes from fairy tales. Some of the strangest are ones that, 2,000 years ago, explorers insisted were real.
When the first natural scientists were trying to catalog every tribe and creature that existed on this Earth, they wrote down some strange things. If you traveled far enough away from civilization, they insisted, you’d find tribes of people without heads, with animal heads, or with their feet pointing the wrong way.
We’ve never found any proof these people existed, of course. Still, at the time, people insisted they’d seen them. And in every case, the stories didn’t just come from one person—other people backed them up. Sure, the most logical explanation is that all of these stories were made up. But so many people told these stories that it’s hard not to wonder if, a long time ago, the world might just have been a very different place.