Early Modern Natural historians often referred to other texts of natural history, and in doing so they included unreliable knowledge. An example is the genesis of geese out of Pedunculata shells, a so-called spontaneous generation.
Tag: Natural History
The bat has probably the worst reputation of all animals in art and literature. But why is that so?
A 1563 description of a mysterious fish claims this is so oily it can fuel lamps, and develops from another fish, which can be used to catch wasps. How can we make sense of descriptions containing outrageous claims such as these?