Tracing the interpretation of the human-like great apes and
ape-like earliest ancestors of present-day humans, this study
demonstrates how from the days of Linnaeus to the present, the
sacred and taboo-ridden animal-human boundary was constantly
tested. The unique dignity of humans, a central value in the West,
was, and to some extent still is, on the minds of taxonomists,
ethnologists, primatologists, and archaeologists. This book thus
offers an... more...