Weird Anatomical Models From Throughout History

1.An ivory model of a human skull with moving parts — made in Europe, date unknown. The eyes, tongue and the lower jaw move when the cylinder at the base is pushed.

2. If you were a young couple in the 17th century, you and your significant other probably sought out an obstetrician with one of these ornate, ivory anatomical carvings on his desk.

3. Although the Wellcome Trust provides little information about this model, it’s likely a practice tool to simulate the birthing process for a soon-to-be midwife or doctor. A fetus rests on a slanted wooden chute, and, well, you know the rest.

4.An unknown scientist injected this arm with wax to preserve its structure and highlight the complex network of blood vessels. Dutch botanist and anatomist Frederik Ruysch is credited with perfecting the morbid preservation technique.

5. (No this is not a flesh light, haha,.I’m 12). This model can be unscrewed from its base to show the cornea, pupil, and the iris. Glass replaces the jelly-like vitreous humor. Ambitious artisans could also paint veins on the eyeball to give it a more life-like appearance. This specific model is fitted with a pair of eyelids as well.