Links between the discovery of primates and anatomical comparisons with humans, the chain of being, our place in nature, and racism

@article{Diogo2018LinksBT,
  title={Links between the discovery of primates and anatomical comparisons with humans, the chain of being, our place in nature, and racism},
  author={Rui Diogo},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  year={2018},
  volume={279},
  pages={472 - 493}
}
  • R. Diogo
  • Published 1 April 2018
  • Biology
  • Journal of Morphology
I focus on the crucial links between the discovery of nonhuman primates by Westerners, discussions on our place in nature, the chain of being, racism, and the history of primate comparative anatomy and of so‐called “anatomical human racial studies.” Strikingly, for more than a millennium humans knew more about the internal anatomy of a single monkey species than about that of their own bodies. This is because Galen used monkeys to infer human anatomy, in line with the human‐animal continuity… 

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