Centaur Skeleton

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville was displaying in 1997 the skeleton of a Greek Centaur. The exhibit's text claimed that the remains of the mythical creature dated back to 1300 B.C. "plus or minus three hundred years." The text also maintained that they were excavated in 1980 "northeast of Volos, Greece" by the Archaeological Society of Argos Orestiko.

The presentation was of course a hoax, designed to make people understand how credulous they could be and thus to foster skepticism. Print magazine revealed that William Willers, a University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh biology professor and artist, made the seeming specimen from a human anatomy model and some horse bones stained with tea.

Source: Civilization, September 1997; CSAR