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Rare Discovery: Centaur Skeleton Discovered From 1980 Unearthed!

“One of three centaur burials discovered in 1980 by the Argos Orestiko Archaeological Society, eight kilometers northeast of Volos, Greece”

The plaque on “The Centaur of Volos,” which was first exhibited in 1980 at the Madison Art Center in Wisconsin, reads: “One of three centaur burials discovered in 1980 by the Argos Orestiko Archaeological Society, eight kilometers northeast of Volos, Greece.” . Human bones are real, and so are horse bones. but they were united and organized by a guy called bill Willers. According to forensic science researcher and writer Dolly Stolze on the forensic anthropology website Strange Remains: In 1980, Bill Willers, an artist and biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, constructed the skeletal remains of the Volos centaur from real human bones. and the bones of a Shetland pony. The human bones Willers used came from an anatomical specimen, a human skeleton from India, that was in the biology department at his university. The human and pony bones were dyed with tea to give them a uniform color and make them look authentic.

“The Centaur of Volos” toured a number of universities in the 1980s, before being purchased by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1994. It is now on permanent display in its Jack E. Reese Galleria in the Hodges Library. In 2008, Skulls Unlimited, a company that sells real bones, both human and otherwise, commissioned Willers to create another centaur skeleton, this one stating:

“The Centaur of Tymfi” was displayed at the Arizona International Wildlife Museum in 2012 as part of a “Mythological Fauna” exhibit. It was later acquired by the Barnum Museum in Connecticut. (Fun fact: “The Centaur of Tymfi” actually uses zebra bones, not horse bones.) As to why “The Centaur of Volos” was created and exhibited, according to Stolze: The exhibit was designed to encourage students to rely on their critical thinking skills and not accept everything as fact, no matter how believable it may seem or sound, even from a reliable source such as a university exhibit, and, according to Roadside America, Willers “had conceived the centaur as a way to test the will of the Believe Its Unbelievable public, just as PT Barnum did.” Nowadays, I’m relatively sure I could post the “Volos” photos on Facebook and get at least five people to believe it. and make it circulate.