450. Monsters Like Island Gigantism

The cyclops as an example of island gigantism.

Komodo dragons. The now-extinct moa bird. Real rodents of unusual size. The giant cyclops Polyphemus. Each of these anxiety sweat-inducing creatures is the monstrous result of one of nature’s greatest processes: island gigantism. When animals and the children of ancient gods are segregated onto islands away from predators and competitive…

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