Johann Beringer's Fossils


Johann Beringer's 'fossils,' circa 1726. Public domain

In 1725, Beringer was the University of Würzburg's chair of natural history and chief physician to the prince bishop. He was also unpopular, and some of his colleagues sought to discredit him. There are two versions of the story -- but which is true?

Topics in this Podcast: European history, offbeat history, hoaxes, 18th century