A possible origin for the greek myth of the Cyclops is dwarf elephant skulls. It is possible that the ancient Greeks found dwarf elephant skulls, twice as large as human skulls, and explained them as monsters, havingĀ never seen an elephant before. This becomes more plausible once you see an elephant skull.

Asian elephant skull.

The large hole in the centerĀ is actually the nasal cavity for the trunk, but it also resembles a single eye socket.