265 years ago a 28 year old German woman named Johanna Sophia Schmeid lived in the village of Taucha, and gave birth to a “monster like creature”. This child became known as chicken man. Fate Magazine (February 2000) issue recounts the facts of the case as preserved by physician Dr. Gottlieb Friderici. He preserved the baby in formaldehyde.
The bone structure was also very different in significant ways from that of normal human beings. Neither the lower arms nor the lower legs consisted of two bones as would be present in humans. The kneecap was also absent.
During the autopsy, the doctor noted that the oversized head did not have the characteristics of hydrocephaly and the tumor like outgrowth was completely filled with brain matter. The heart did not have a pericardium, but was instead, embedded in a “peculiarly thin membrane.