Sweet Mystery of Procreation

“Until 1875, no one in the world knew where babies come from.”
 
Blame the lack of anatomical study, which had required “buying corpses from grave-robbers, or bribing hangmen,” according to a fascinating article by the good folks at Atlas Obscura. Even Da Vinci was spooked by spending nights with corpses, "quartered and flayed and terrifying to behold.”
 
Until the sperm-egg connection was discovered, religious beliefs held that people were created at the beginning of time and stored away inside each other as an eternal “series of ever-smaller Russian nesting dolls, one inside the other.”

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