I just came across a very disturbing video on this site, of an experiment that was supposedly carried out in Russia ca. 1940. See below (it’s nothing gory really, you just feel really sorry for the dog).
After watching it twice, I felt compelled to find out if it’s real or not. This wikipedia article claims that it’s from a motion picture called Experiments in the Revival of Organisms. It’s in the public domain now, so you can download it here — I for one will watch it after I’ve gotten over the uneasy feeling from watching the short clip.
The article says there is some debate of whether the experiments are real, or if they were maybe created as Communist propaganda (Communism lets you live forever … as a head). But there is no mention of any evidence pointing to this being fake. So, with my usual skepticism, I’m going to present something that may or may not disprove the validity of the film. It’s not that I don’t believe they did (and do) horrible animal experiments, it’s just this particular clip I’m skeptical about.
If you watched the clip above, you’ll notice that in the last few seconds when they are banging that hammer on the table — the dog moves his head up from the table. I’m sorry, but given that your head was sliced clean off at the neck level and you were lying on a table — would you be able to move your head? Maybe open your mouth, but move your head? Hmmmm. I’m putting on my mask of skepticism.
Let’s look at the muscular anatomy of dogs, shall we? In the picture on the right you will see a typical kanine. Notice that the muscles descending from behind his ear and from his neck are attached to the upper part of his body.
- The red line indicates where they cut
- The curly braces indicate an estimate length of the muscles that control head movements
So, without something to pull on (the body) the muscles could hardly have lifted the dogs head up from the table in the manner shown in the video.
Unless somebody else has a ready explanation?