The world of dinosaurs

Large-scale reproductions of prehistoric reptiles that dominated the planet and theories on meteorites and volcanic eruptions that caused their extinction. The theories about the origin of the universe and of continental drift explained by movies on computer...

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Prehistoric elephant

It has been recently set up an area dedicated to prehistoric elephants who lived in Sicily with a closer look at the elephant of Catania (history, legends and curiosities related to the symbol of Catania), combining with a creative workshop where you can create an elephant made of recycled cardboard to take home as...

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The Ciclope

At times myth and history mingle. It would seem that the origin of the myth of the Cyclops, the monstrous giants with a single eye set in the middle of their forehead, can be derived from the discovery of prehistoric elephants’ skulls found in some sicilian grottes. In fact, the elephant’s skull without tusks resemble in shape to that of humans, only much larger and with a single hole in the center. In reality, this hole is the proboscis cavity but the first discoverers of the remains did not know this and thought to giant creatures with only one eye. Hence the legend was born. The story of the Cyclops in Sicily has been narrated by many, but the most well-know version is undoubtedly that in Homer’s Odyssey which recounts the episode when Ulysses encounters Polyphemus, the terrible Cyclops...

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