Primates II


In the University of Dundee, in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, there sits a taxidermied presentation of a young chimpanzee, it bares the classic proportions of a very young animal whose head to shoulder proportions, eye to face ratio, are such that most of us are hot wired to respond fondly to. In this, the second of two studies we made of the century old youngster, we positioned him between his homogeneous ‘family’, in the background can be seen, the skeletons of a great ape and that of a human, together they recall the powerful 20th century graphic, the March of Progress, in which human evolution is set out as a tidy linear sequence, trudging presumably towards our ideal form.