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Photo of the Day #906: Gorilla

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

A leopard (Panthera pardus). Image from Wikipedia. SK-54 is a curious fossil. The 1.5 million year old skullcap represents a juvenile Paranthropus robustus, one of the heavy-jawed hominins which lived in prehistoric South Africa, but there is something that makes this skull fragment particularly special. Near one of the sutures along the back of the…

Photo of the Day #896: Gorilla

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

The partial faces of Anoiapithecus (left), Pierolapithecus (center), and Dryopithecus (right). (Images not to scale) Our species is just one branch of a withering part of the evolutionary tree, the great apes. Along with the handful of species of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, we are all that is left of the hominids, and considering the…

Photo of the Day #894: Gorilla

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

A grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Image from Wikipedia. Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Archipelago has been celebrated time and again for its influence on his evolutionary thoughts, but I have to wonder what would have happened if the Beagle skipped the Galapagos and visited Madagascar instead. What would Darwin have made of the…

An ebony langur (Trachypithecus auratus), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

The exceptionally preserved skeleton of Darwinius, known popularly as “Ida.” From PLoS One. Almost ten months ago an international team of researchers introduced the world to an exquisitely-preserved primate from the 47 million year old oil shales of Messel, Germany. Dubbed Darwinius masillae, and nicknamed “Ida” and “The Link”, the fossil was touted as one…

Category: Anthropology As I mentioned just prior to my move to Sb, I spent this past Saturday at NYU at the “Evolutionary Anthropology at the Interface” conference, which was primarily a celebration of the work of Cliff Jolly. I’m still a bit over my head when it comes to knowing the full “Who’s Who” of…