1874 Monkey Darwin cartoon by Faustin
"Prof. Darwin" coloured lithograph by Faustin Betbeder, with original Shakespeare quotes in text below. Front page of the "Figaro" paper N. 475, London Wednesday February 18th 1874. It appeared there as an advert for the sister paper, the more expensive London Sketch-Book of the same month. The colour lithograph 'sample' was clipped and stuck on for that purpose. Charles Darwin owned a copy of this version in his own collection (Darwin Archive 140.4). He also kept the associated text clipping which notes "with rare humility (Darwin) owns that his ancestors were apes. It appears that one person believed in the Darwinian theory, which we hold to be evidence that man is descended from a certain long eared quadruped" (donkey). Charles Darwin published The Descent of Man in 1871. This caricature of Charles Darwin as an ape also appeared in the London Sketch Book in 1874 as a souvenir print.
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Common squirrel monkey
Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus). This monkey is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, in South America. It inhabits tropical rainforests in large groups of up to 300 individuals. It is omnivorous and feeds on invertebrates, fruits and seeds. Photographed in the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador.
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Primate brain evolution
Primate brain evolution. Conceptual computer artwork of a brain (centre) with a monkey head (left) and a human head (right), representing the evolution of primate brains. Monkeys and humans are both primates, mammals that have good eyesight and flexible hands and feet. Both descend from a common ancestor, but have evolved differently. Their brains are similar, but humans have complex language and reasoning abilities. They also have highly developed technology, populate most of the land areas of the globe, are exploring surrounding space, and have scientific theories to explain the world around them. Monkeys live in jungles where they hunt and forage for food.
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