I was looking through the archives for the publications of the American Museum of Natural History (they are open access and available here) when I came across a set of plates for the AMNH expedition to the Congo that ran from 1909-1915. The plates displayed primates sampled by the expedition – one of which is below.
A number of the plates are of dead primates, something that could not be done today given the conservation status of most primates – changing ethics plays a role as well. Looking through the plates was occasionally jarring especially when one gets to the plates of the chimpanzees, but even some of the pictures of the monkeys collected by the expedition brought an emotional response.
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