How does Medusa turn men to stone?

Uatii Hengari


Medusa is a notorious character from Greek Mythology. Her story involves turning onlookers to stone and this paper explores the possible methods Medusa may have used. Most of the content considers the phrase as a metaphor and does not consider supernatural techniques to accomplish her task. Freezing, sculpting and heterotopic ossification is considered in this paper with sculpting being the most plausible. [Content warning: mentions of sexual assault]


Mythology; Biology; Medusa; Ossification; Clay; Cryogenics

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