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Mythical creatures have been popularized in movies and on TV and described in detail in fantasy literature. But where did the stories of fabled beasts like dragons, cyclops, vampires and sea monsters come from? This series reveals the origins by looking at the history, archaeology and truths behind the legends. Anatomist Joy Reidenberg, sociologist Margee Kerr, professor Brian Regal, and mythological consultant Richard Schwab help unearth the secrets behind some of the most famous and terrifying mythical beasts.

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aired 89 days ago
New discoveries suggest that a sea beast like the Kraken could have existed, and experts examine a strange monster that could give shocking answers into this underwater mystery.
aired 89 days ago
New discoveries reveal the bloody origin of the feathered snake god, and experts investigate why the ancient Mesoamericans believed that human sacrifice was the only way to appease the deadly monster.
aired 89 days ago
New discoveries reveal the truth behind the Loch Ness Monster, and experts investigate the world's most mysterious waters in search of evidence that a prehistoric monster could still be lurking in the deep.
aired 89 days ago
The latest science reveals that demons aren't just the stuff of horror stories, and as experts investigate shocking new archaeological evidence, they uncover the gruesome methods used to exorcise humans of demonic possessions.
aired 89 days ago
New discoveries reveal the terrifying evidence of the cyclops, a one-eyed cannibal that could have been more than just a story.
aired 89 days ago
New discoveries uncover the dark secrets of Egypt's strange half-man, half-lion beast, revealing why the pharaohs were so intent on transforming into this powerful and ferocious monster.
aired 104 days ago
A new excavation at the mysterious home of the Minoans leads to a startling discovery about real-life origins of the Minotaur, and experts decode artifacts that point to bloody human sacrifices for the ferocious monster.
aired 104 days ago
Werewolves were once so feared, people suspected of the power were hunted and killed, but even so, many admitted that they could become these deadly creatures, and new evidence reveals why a powerful hallucinogenic drug could be to blame.

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