Who invented the wind vane?


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The first wind vane recorded in history was created by the Greek astronomer Andronicus in 48 B.C. The weather vane was created to honor Triton and had a shape that depicted a half-man, half-fish figure. Andronicus' weather vane is estimated to have been between 4 and 8 feet long.

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Different cultures throughout history have also used the weather vane, such as the Vikings in the ninth century. Their vanes often depicted creatures or animals from Norse fables. The Viking weather vanes can still be seen in Sweden and Norway, as of 2014. Pre-Christian Roman landowners used weather vanes that depicted gods such as Hermes and Mercury to decorate their villas.

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