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Photo: Chimpanzee Typing (1907) - New York Zoological Society
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Photo: Chimpanzee Typing (1907) - New York Zoological Society
As "Darwinism" became widely accepted in the 1870s, good-natured caricatures of him with an ape or monkey body symbolised evolution.
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As "Darwinism" became widely accepted in the 1870s, good-natured caricatures of him with an ape or monkey body symbolised evolution.

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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli

An ape is an animal of a class of primates generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail. Technically this class includes humans. Ape is also a derogatory term for an uncivilized person.

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Cultural aspects of non-human apes

Often, non-human apes are said to be the result of a curse—a Jewish folktale claims that one of the races who built the Tower of Babel became apes as punishment, while Muslim lore says that the Jews of Eilat became non-human apes as punishment for fishing on the Sabbath. Some sects of Christianity have folklore that claims that these apes are a symbol of lust and were created by Satan in response to God's creation of humans. It is uncertain whether any of these references are to any specific apes. All of these concepts date from a period when neither the distinction between apes and monkeys, nor the fact that humans are apes, was widely understood, if understood at all.

Apes in popular culture

stereotypes of animals

Namesakes

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