Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man", was one of the most shockingly disfigured people in history. Above: Joseph Merrick's skeleton at the Royal London Hospital.
Skull and skeleton of Joseph Merrick.
The Merrick and Potterton families held a reunion in Bournemouth, South England. They look over their family tree.
CT scan of Joseph Merrick's skull.
Dr. Thomas Higham (Senior Archaeologist, Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit) and Prof. Erika Hagelberg (a geneticist and a leading expert in ancient DNA) preparing to drill Joseph Merrick's skull.
Dr. Thomas Higham drills out a bone fragment from Joseph Merrick's skull for testing.
The last known picture of Joseph Merrick (circa 1890). Learn more about rare diseases at Discovery Fit and Health.