Thursday, 24 May 2007

Strange Science

Few medieval people saw lions, panthers or elephants. To know what these looked like, they had to rely on descriptions and illustrations. Centuries ago, no one had cameras, cell phones, or an associated press service. But sometimes, scientists - the ones doing the descriptions and illustrations - goofed up big time.

Here is a collection of mistakes made by early scientists and artists when trying to represent extinct (and sometimes living) organisms.

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