Cryptozoology: Victorian Edition

Presented by Rory James Silverstein

P.T. Barnum was once alleged to have said that “”there is a sucker born every minute,”” and the  studies of the natural world in the height of Colonialism created “”new lands to explore and seek out strange life and civilizations.”” Of course, now a days we know that these were all tall tales. This panel will take a look at various types of hoaxes that were created and how it attracted non-elites to view the lens of science on the road side carnivals and more.