Monster Monday: The Patchwork Serpent.

Monster Monday Patchwork Serpent 2015

The Patchwork Serpent Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

In 1845,  a German fossil collector named Albert C. Koch exhibited what he called Hydrarchos sillimani at the Apollo Saloon on Broadway. His claimed “sea serpent” was 114 feet in length. Harvard anatomist Jeffries Wyman descended on the specimen, quickly debunking it as a collection of bones artfully assembled from prehistoric whales, mainly Basilosaurus.


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