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by Dawn, March 17, 2010

Source: forteantimes

For most of recorded history, the half-man, half-wolf lycanthrope reigned supreme as the creature travellers most feared encountering in the woods and along dark roads at night. Numerous legends concerned werewolves – the awful deeds they committed, how to protect against them, how to kill them – and belief in their reality can be found in many cultures from ancient times to the present. But while the werewolf still holds a place in fiction and films, few people today actually fear meeting one in reality. Many individuals and groups actively search for cryptids, but there are no werewolf-hunting organisations. So – where have all the werewolves gone?

From the late 19th century on, anomal ous primates like the Yeti, Sasquatch and Bigfoot nudged aside the wolfmen of old and stepped forward to occupy the niche of this fearsome man-like monster. But what accounts for this curious transformation?

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There have been half human, half animal creatures in religion and lore since the Greeks ruled in 330 B.C. Over time myths and stories transform into legends and supposed facts and so on. With the advent of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution I can see how belief in such creatures took flight. What are your thoughts?

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