Siebert explains that since YEC proponents seize upon any mention of dragons or similar monsters as referring to dinosaurs, Beowulf is fair game. Creationist writer Bill Cooper, author of a book called After the Flood, conjectures that Grendel was a young Tyrannosaurus. Why? Beowulf tears off Grendel's arm, and therefore it must be small and weak. You know. Like the arm of a Tyrannosaurus. You've surely heard about how comically impotent T. rex arms are, right?
There is much more to this, and I recommend listening to the entire episode. As usual, Blake Smith, Benjamin Radford, and Karen Stollznow do a terrific job of digging into monster lore.
Previous posts mentioning MonsterTalk:
- Dr. David Martill on MonsterTalk: All sorts of good discussion about theories of extant pterosaurs
- Scaphognathus crassirostris: A Pterosaur in the Historical Record?: Links to the above Martill episode as well as another featuring Darren Naish.
- D-Pro goes Crypto: Donald Prothero joins the podcast to talk about Mokele-Mbembe.