Conwy Castle, Conwy, North Wales
Photograph by me (sarawr-monster), 10/6/2014
Ōtsuji Kiyoji - 大辻清司, Yasuhiro Ishimoto - 石元 泰博, Japan
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One of the many myths surrounding Bergman’s Bear is that he gave the mysterious bears the scientific name Ursus arctos piscator. This shows up in surprising places like The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats and Vanished Species… but it’s totally wrong. The name was given to Kamchatkan Brown Bears decades before Bergman was even born, and Bergman merely used it to refer to “normal” Kamchatkan bears. The name is still in use today, but Ursus arctos beringianus has precedence.
This illustration is from Philip Sclater’s Revised List of the Vertebrated Animals Now Or Lately Living In the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London from 1872.
Combining logographic and alphabetic elements, hieroglyphics was the writing system used by the Ancient Egyptians, between 3200 BC – AD 400, that can be found on various media such as pyramid walls and clay tablets, to wooden objects, clay sculptures and papyrus scrolls.
Hieroglyphs can be recognized as three kinds of glyphs: phonetic glyphs, including single-consonant characters that function like an alphabet; logographs, representing morphemes; and determinatives, which narrow down the meaning of logographic or phonetic words.
Despite great efforts by mostly Western historians, “no definitive determination has been made as to the origin of hieroglyphics in ancient Egypt.”
The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous objects that contains script written (partially) in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and it has provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
FRANCE. Paris. 1946. Sculptor Constantin BRANCUSI in his studio.
Planet of Dinosaurs (1978)