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Centaur Skeleton Project
Interesting project for someone who would like to help "reconstruct"
a lifesize skeleton of a Centaur (half-human, half-horse mythical
creature from Greek myth)
I'm posting this on behalf of William Willers, emeritus professor of
biology (Univ Wisconsin) and respected artist.
Willers created the celebrated "Centaur of Volos" art project in
1994, a fascinating re-creation of what a paleontological/
archaeological excavation of this mythic creature would look like had
it really existed.
The point was to challenge viewers' perceptions and logical reasoning
and to encourage critical thinking about science and fantasy.
Willers created a realistic set of bones to look like an excavation
site, combining the human skull and torso with a shetland pony
skeleton. The "Centaur" remains were then embedded in a naturalistic
sedimentary matrix along with ancient pottery sherds and other
artifacts, placed in a glass museum case with pseudo-scientific label
and text. The faux Centaur excavation received a lot of media
attention and was praised by art critics and scientists alike.
Now Willers is seeking a paleotologist or paleo artist or anyone with
experience in reconstructing skeletons to help him create another
hybrid human-equine skeleton. This would be a museum-quality
reconstruction of a life-size Centaur skeleton in a running pose for
public display, hopefully in the New York metro area. He already has
a small human study skeleton from India, and is seeking a fine-boned
pony or donkey skeleton from veterinary college collections.
If anyone is interested in helping Willers with this project, please
contact me offline at email@example.com.
I can email you a jpg of Willers' sketch of the Centaur skeleton.
You can also email William Willers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
(He will give credit for help with the skeleton and share any proceeds)
For an image and description of Willers' original Centaur Project, on
permanent display in glass museum case at the Unviersity of Tennessee
John Hodges Library, see p 242 in my book "The First Fossil
Hunters" (2000) or go to the following website:
This looks to be a nifty opportunity--thanks in advance and pls
excuse cross posting.