I don’t know what it is but is sure sounds like a neat gaff. We’ll follow up with any updates.
The public demands to know: What’s in the giant crate that recently arrived at Bridgeport’s Barnum Museum? A major scientific discovery? Something that will elicit ohhs and ahhs from the crowds that mass for the public unveiling on April 1? Could it alter history?
But if you are now thinking this is some silly Barnum-esque stunt without merit, think again. The item was sent here by a retired University of Wisconsin professor and is being studied locally by Quinnipiac University.
So the public can at least be certain that the box is not empty, Maher pointed out.
Maher refuses to be specific, other than to say that the object is “an inexplicable specimen … a strange anthropomorphic figure.”
“In nearly 45 years of imaging research, this has been not only one of the most unique objects I have encountered, but also provided one of the most technically challenging experiences. To my knowledge, the resulting single image of the entire object will be the largest ever acquired by the method developed by myself and the faculty and students of the Diagnostic Imaging Program at Quinnipiac University,” according to [professor Jerry] Conlogue.
UPDATE (2-Apr-2014) We have the reveal.
The fossilized bones resemble a creature that is half human, half horse — a centaur, something considered a myth for eons — and now, it resides at the Barnum Museum for all to see.
The museum received the curious specimen with the following provenance:
“The Centaur of Tymfi is the best-preserved specimen of record due to preservation within a cool, dry cave at 1,900 meters elevation in the Tymfi Mountains of northwestern Greece. There were no other objects in the cave to indicate details of the creature’s history. The specimen was reported to the Archaeological Society of Argos Orestiko in 1998 and removed in 2003 to the Society’s laboratory in Volos where osteologists, under the direction of Achilles Mitropoulus, the Society’s director, assembled the specimen in the upright pose.”
Pretty neat. But I sure hope they have a clear disclaimer because… people really believe this stuff.
Tip: Jeb Card