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A collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) baby, photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Photo of the Day #950: Gorilla

A lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Pruning the Primate Family Tree

“Dinah”, a young female gorilla kept at the Bronx Zoo in 1914. From the Zoological Society Bulletin. Frustrated by the failure of gorillas to thrive in captivity, in 1914 the Bronx Zoo’s director William Hornaday lamented “There is not the slightest reason to hope that an adult gorilla, either male or female, ever will be…

Photo of the Day #932: Gorilla

A young lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Photo of the Day #925: Gorilla

A lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Photo of the Day #922: Gelada

A gelada (Theropithecus gelada), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

A male lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

A baby Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

In the Fayum desert of northern Egypt, not too far from the banks of the Nile, the vestiges of ancient forests are preserved in the sand-covered strata. The fossils are ghosts of a vanished oasis in which prehistoric cousins of modern elephants wallowed in lush wetlands and a host of ancient primates scrambled through the…

Utah may seem like an odd place to search for primates, but you can find them if you know where to look. Although scrubby and arid today, between 46-42 million years ago what is now the northeastern part of the state was a lush forest which was home to a variety of peculiar fossil primates.…