1560 Gesner Barbary macaque monkey ape

1560 Gesner Barbary macaque monkey ape

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A Barbary Macaque monkey identified as "Ein Aff" (An ape). Woodcut with old colouring. Gesner "Icones Animalium" publ. Christof Froschover, Zurich, 1560. The division between tailed and tail-less being the origin of the historical (pre-scientific) division between 'monkeys' and 'apes'. The barbary macaque is in fact a tail-less monkey rather than part of the taxon within which we now include apes and man. The Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) is the only primate whose range includes Europe, and hence was one of the best known in early times.

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