Sciapod

Wildman of North Africa or India.

Etymology: Greek, "shadow foot."

Variant name: Steganopod.

Physical description: Only one leg. Its foot is so large that when the creature is seated it can be lifted up and used as a parasol, hence the name "shadow foot."

Distribution: Egypt or India.

Possible explanation: It is tempting to identify this creature as a GIANT HOMINID, but it is more likely the product of a confused account by people in the Tropics who were resting under palm trees.

Sources: Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana, III. 14; Stephanus Byzantinus, Ethnika, XXI. 343d; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les betes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 154-155, 166.

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