You'd Never Be Able To Tell That This Man Is Walking Around On Two Prosthetic Legs
It's clear that prosthetics have come a long way. While the idea of an almost bionic human is interesting, the history of prosthetics is even more so. The earliest historical references to prosthetics are included in Greek and Roman texts, including one account of a general being fitted with an iron hand that allowed him to return to battle. In 2000, researchers in Cairo uncovered the oldest documented prosthesis. The artificial toe, made of wood and leather, was found attached to a 3,000 year old mummy. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the field of prosthetics did not advance much until the early 16th century. A French military doctor created the first hinged prosthesis, as well as made advancements in locking and attachment mechanisms.