By Barbara Diamond

Many years back, an old, abandoned townhouse in London was set to be demolished. But in 2006, a trust was set up to analyze a collection of wooden crates found sealed up in the basement. The crates were seemingly untouched since the 1940′s, and when they were finally opened up, they revealed a stunning surprise.
Inside the crates were roughly 5,000 specimens of unexplainable flora and fauna — the stuff of the most fantastical dreams. We’re talking taxidermied dragons, infant werewolves and tiny, intricate fairies, all of which were at one point dissected and preserved, then ultimately forgotten over the decades. But perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this unexpected discovery was the man responsible for these crates in the first place — a rich aristocrat and “cryptozoologist” named Thomas Theodore Merrylin. Born in England in 1782, Merrylin was a mysterious recluse who dedicated his life to studying and preserving these truly odd specimens.
Of course, the Merrylin Cryptid Collection is not without its skeptics. Some people believe it was all some kind of strange art project, while others are convinced of the collection’s authenticity.
Scroll down to see these bizarre findings for yourself…

In the late 1700s, Thomas Theodore Merrylin collected and studied a secret treasure trove of 5,000 bizarre and inexplainable creatures and artifacts.

In the late 1700s, Thomas Theodore Merrylin collected and studied a secret treasure trove of 5,000 bizarre and inexplainable creatures and artifacts.

The boxes contained intricate taxidermied flora and fauna...

The boxes contained intricate taxidermied flora and fauna...

..Like a box full of Larva non Volucris, a species of wingless Faerie...

..Like a box full of Larva non Volucris, a species of wingless Faerie...

...and this Infant Triceratops...

...and this Infant Triceratops...

...and this fragile "foetal" skeleton.

...and this fragile "foetal" skeleton.

The artifacts were discovered in the basement of Merrylin's old London townhouse, which sat untouched since the 1940s.

The artifacts were discovered in the basement of Merrylin's old London townhouse, which sat untouched since the 1940s.

Alex CF the curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid collection. For the past 10 years, he has dedicated himself to cataloguing Merrylin's strange and fascinating collection.

Alex CF  the curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid collection. For the past 10 years, he has dedicated himself to cataloguing Merrylin's strange and fascinating collection.
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