How are the internal organs of centaurs arranged?

  • My question is about the internal organs of this creature. How are these organs arranged? It is confusing, because it is basically a horse with its head replaced by a human upper body.

    For example, if it has both the human and horse organs, that would mean it has multiple hearts, livers and two pairs of lungs.

    Can someone explain how this creature works?

    I don't really think anyone has ever explored this. Maybe in modern fiction, but back then... Really interesting thought though.

    I'm pretty confident there is no information on this. Anatomical knowledge in Greek antiquity was rather limited. The sort of elementary physiological knowledge we all take for granted wouldn't be known to most (or *any*, in some cases) ancient Greeks.

    Whatever the creatures we are talking about you will remotely not find any anatomical/scientific informations. Nor in mythes neither in modern things. How to explain a werewolf, or The Hulk, gaining mass.

    Wibbly-wobbly magicky-wagicky... stuff.

    @LaurenIpsum Timey-wimey

    I think there is a worldbuilding.se question about this.

    @LaurenIpsum : Magicky-wagicky x-D !

  • You are essentially correct: If a centaur were real, it would have a lot of duplicate structures which don't make anatomical sense:

    fake centaur skeleton

    The answer, of course, is that centaurs are just as mythical as Pegasus (bird/horse cross), gryphons (lion/eagle cross), hippogriffs (eagle/horse cross), and jackalopes (jackrabbit/antelope cross). They looked cool.

    true, but those examples you just mentiod do make anatomical sense

    @SamHendriks ...no, no they don't. Birds have to have hollow bones and be as light as possible for flight. Horses are enormously heavy and have hooves. Felines have retractable claws. The other mythological creatures cited may not have duplicated structures like the centaur, but they are all physiological impossibilities.

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