8.06.2008

Homo repugnans*

A few weeks ago I visited the Natural History Museum. It struck me, as we sauntered past the dioramas, that most representations of "Early Man" I have ever seen (Geico cavemen aside) are of these fright-wigged, snaggle-toothed, worried-looking creatures. They've usually got brambles and straw matted into their wild, frazzle mop and often sport a dyspeptic expression. This seems a bit odd considering many animals are fastidious about cleaning themselves. Cats will lick and smooth their coats, chimps will sit and pick lice off one another and appear to have quite a nice, happy time of it. Doesn't it stand to reason that man would be like the rest of the animal kingdom and groom himself? Perhaps even devise a way to get that cr*p out of his hair?

* I made that up

image: I got this on Flickr and regret that I've forgotten whose it was...

4 comments:

Michael Leddy said...

Angela, have you seen Picturing the Museum? Wonderful photographs from the AMNH archives.

angela said...

Oh that's a gem-- thanks!

Frank said...

Homo repugnans would be a great Devo cover band name

Robert Arvanitis said...

Angela:

"Fright-wigged, snaggle-toothed, worried-looking."

Yale was co-ed, so you've likely never experienced a males-only gathering: frat house, scouting campout, military...

Robert

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