Below is the Museum’s gorilla skeleton which is from a western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). Visit this post again soon for video of the skeleton and some close up features of this primate. Listen to the interview with one of the museums original curators, where she discusses the primate collection.
The human skeletons held here at the McGregor Museum are said to come from India (prior to the 1985 ban on the export of human remains) although even past curators are unsure of their origin. The subject of the origin of such remains was largely avoided when purchasing and it is believed that many of the models are the result of grave robbing. The shut down of this trade in 1985 has led to a black market in human bones out of India with large reputable institutions still conducting trade in this illegal market according to some investigative journalists. Until there is a pathway set up for voluntarily donating skeletons to science these real human skeletons are an invaluable resource to teaching institutions and digitising such assets ensures their use and maintenance for years to come.
Below are images of different orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) features taken from the McGregor Museum specimens themselves. Hear about some of the Primate specimens from a former curator in these very special interviews.
Below are images of different chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) features taken from the McGregor Museum specimens themselves. Hear about some of the Primate specimens from a former curator in these very special interviews.