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May 3, 2020, 11:16 a.m.

Gorilla gorilla, the Anatomical Model of Dr. Auzoux, 1889

by Eelco Bruisna

In 1847 the American missionary and naturalist Thomas Savage discovered the skull and bones of the western gorilla. Savage found the remains of this hitherto unknown species during his missionary work in Liberia and sent the material to Boston. There it was analysed and described by the naturalist Jeffries Wyman, who named the species Troglodytes gorilla. In 1929 the species was renamed Gorilla gorilla.