How many times have you called a family member or someone else a pig? How many times have you been called a pig?

Your Relative May Be a Real Pig After All!

For centuries, many cultures have myths of creatures that are part human and part horse, lion, eagle, serpent or bull. Creatures like minotaurs and centaurs are among the more famous mythological creatures reported to be part human and part animal.

In 1896, English novelist H.G. Wells took the concept of human-animal hybrids a step further in his science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. In his book a mad scientist experiments by creating a number of different types of hybrid animals including ones that are part human. The concept makes great science fiction but even Wells knew the implications of his book and once described it as an exercise in youthful blasphemy because of how his title character plays God in his creations and controlling them. Numerous movie versions of Wells’ book have been made, with my favorite starring Burt Lancaster as Dr. Paul Moreau in the 1977 film version.

Whether Wells believed a real-life Dr. Moreau would someday exist or not, it seems that he does exist, at least to an extent and Wells is right describing it as an exercise in blasphemy.

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