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“In 1876, Greece Unearthed a Skeleton: Half Human, Half Horse. An Extraordinary Discovery Blurring the Lines of Mythology and Reality! ”

However, the intriguing twist in the tale is revealed as the text discloses that the “Centaur of Volos” is not an authentic relic from antiquity but a carefully crafted creation by Bill Willers, an artist and professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Bill Willers embarked on this imaginative endeavor in 1980, fashioning the skeletal remains of the mythical centaur using a blend of real human bones sourced from an anatomical specimen in India and bones from a diminutive Shetland pony.

To enhance the illusion of authenticity, the human and pony bones underwent a meticulous tea-staining process, ensuring a uniform coloration.

“The Centaur of Volos” embarked on a tour of several colleges during the 1980s, captivating audiences with its seemingly mythical origin. Eventually, in 1994, it found a permanent home at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, displayed in the Jack E. Reese Galleria at the Hodges Library.

The narrative takes a curious turn as it delves into a subsequent creation by Bill Willers in 2008, commissioned by Skulls Unlimited.

This time, another centaur skeleton, named “The Centaur of Tymfi,” made an appearance, utilizing zebra bones instead of horse bones. The exhibit graced the halls of Arizona’s International Wildlife Museum in 2012 before finding a new home at The Barnum Museum in Connecticut.


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