“The end of the 1950s and the beginning of 1960s was a time of significant achievements in the sphere of scientific experiments worldwide and in the USSR. During those years, Soviet scientist started bold experiments on animals. A whole series of pioneering experiments was carried out at the University of Moscow and the Academy of Science. And as early as 1950 a Russian scientist Vladimir Demihov surprised the whole world when he transplanted the head of one dog onto another one. The two headed dog lived for a whole month.”
So writes computer graphics wizard Dmitry Izotov, creator of these very convincing images which make it abundantly clear that truth and fiction can be very close friends. The interesting thing about this story is that it is not completely off base. Vladimir Demihov actually conducted experiments connecting two dogs together… and they did live. Dr. Robert White, a US neurosurgeon and forward thinker did similar research in the 60′s, detaching the head of a monkey and keeping it technically alive using life support systems. A rather disturbing but well done documentary about the project can be seen in two parts on VBS.tv (part 1, part 2).