Blow The Mind: The Centaur With Two Hearts

"La Centauresse et le faune" Tom Z./Creative Commons
"La Centauresse et le faune" Tom Z./Creative Commons
Tom Z./Creative Commons

The mythical centaur represented the dual nature of man -- and as one German biologist points out, the creature would also need two hearts to keep all that human/horse blood flowing.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the meaning of the centaur and how their bodies might have worked if they'd existed. Plus, can animals or even humans really have two hearts? Yes they can. Yes they can...

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.