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Sphinx... THE SPHINX (or Phix) was a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle's wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail. She was sent by the gods to plague the town of Thebes as punishment for some ancient crime. There she preyed on the youths of the land, devouring all those who failed to solve her riddle.

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Greek Mythology: Sphinx | She has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. She is treacherous and merciless.

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teach your kids about mythical creatures from around the world!

50 Mythical Creatures From Around the Globe

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Card game illustrations from Yu Cheng Hong

Greetings, I am Avalanche, I'm a chimera. I'd love to fly with you, or hunt, deer is my favorite. I used to serve an old wizard who lived in a small hut in the mountains, but he suddenly disappeared one day, so I left. Anyway, see you around.

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what if mythological creatures like mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs were, in fact, evolutionary ancestors of humankind? The good doctor dedicated his life studying the anatomy of such beasts, until he mysteriously disappeared years later, leaving only a body of work called The Codex Extinct Animalia, detailing the anatomical structures of mythological beasts.

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In Greek mythology, the sphinx combined the head of a woman, body of a lion, and wings of an eagle. The sphinx, as guardian of the tomb, was often featured on grave markers. The sphinx shown above is actually Roman, made about 120-140 CE, and probably used as a table support.

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