1557 Human gynandromorph transgender

1557 Human gynandromorph transgender

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A human gynandromorph, a person laterally divided to reveal both sexes. Woodcut with early handcolouring from Conrad Lycosthenes' (Chronicle of Prodigies and Omens) - "Prodigiorum ac Ostentorum Chronicon" Published Hendricus Petri, Basel, 1557. Lycosthenes states that this person actually existed. While this condition has been commonly recorded in insects such as butterflies, it seems unlikely a human could develop gynandromorphic traits given the hormonal influence in determining gender. Lycosthenes deals with many conjoined twins, and it is possible this is an attempt to represent an extreme example. Lycosthenes book recites accounts of ancient and medieval natural disasters, occurrences, monstrosities, deformities, and apparitions.

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