Infant Triceratops | Thomas Theodore Merrylin was a rich aristocrat and “cryptozoologist” named Thomas Theodore Merrylin. Born in England in 1782, Merrylin was a mysterious recluse who dedicated his life to studying and preserving these truly odd specimens. Of course, the Merrylin Cryptid Collection is not without its skeptics. Some people believe it was all some kind of strange art project, while others are convinced of the collection’s authenticity.
Although covered with metres of ash and other volcanic material, the villa sustained only minor damage in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, and the majority of its walls, ceilings, and most particularly its frescoes survived largely undamaged.
Pompeii - this is actually a cast of the void left by a person who was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time when Mt. Vesuvius erupted that fateful day... Horrifying, and I cannot imagine the terror.