265 years ago a 28 year old German woman named Johanna Sophia Schmeid lived in the village of Taucha, and gave birth to a “monster like creature”. This child became known as chicken man. Fate Magazine (February 2000) issue recounts the facts of the case as preserved by physician Dr. Gottlieb Friderici. He preserved the baby in formaldehyde.
The bone structure was also very different in significant ways from that of normal human beings. Neither the lower arms nor the lower legs consisted of two bones as would be present in humans. The kneecap was also absent.
During the autopsy, the doctor noted that the oversized head did not have the characteristics of hydrocephaly and the tumor like outgrowth was completely filled with brain matter. The heart did not have a pericardium, but was instead, embedded in a “peculiarly thin membrane.
Some of the articles try to convince people that this woman gave birth to an alien baby… That’s ridiculous. This poor creature had Roberts Syndrome. It appears there have only been 150 reported cases and modern medicine says that these children can survive… I personally think it would be inhumane to make them suffer through life even with the occasional surgery unless there’s a really high chance that their lives will improve.
By the way, formaldehyde wasn’t discovered until 155 years ago. The infant was probably preserved in alcohol originally which contributes to the alien appearance and degradation of the specimen. Some fauna specimens do well in alcohol, like insects, crustaceans and arachnids. Fish also can be preserved in alcohol after being treated but alcohol has the negative effect of basically bleaching away color.
It’s amazing that this Chicken Man (really baby) specimen survived for as long as it has. Pity this poor creature who never had a chance.
((I’m not a scientist. I’m a casual reader of ‘freaks’ and preservation techniques. Anything that’s incorrect, I take responsibility of.))
Yes I read that too about the alien. It’s so sad the terms they used even 50 years ago to poor babies like this. They were called creatures and monsters and things like that. I wasn’t aware of the formaldehyde the source I got this from said (fate magazine) the baby was in formaldehyde. The magazine didn’t say what it was originally preserved in. And thank you for telling me what disease this poor baby had.