Francis Gerber Vampyric research case, ca 1780
Francis Gerber. He was a Swiss born Physician, Botanist, Chemist and Naturalist, whose prolific writings centered on the study of the origins of humanity. His own research began around 1776, where he commissioned African poachers to bring him specimens of the great apes, which he dissected in an attempt to construct a detailed inventory of “terrestrial and aboreal apes and their aesthetic and anatomical similarities to the Homo Sapien.”
His research garnered a great deal of criticism, yet most of his work was completed in private. One of his many employees would present him with a shipment of species from sub Saharan Africa, the Amazon and parts of India.