The Learned Ape
May 2, 2011 Leave a comment
A caricature of Charles Darwin, father of evolution, that was published in 1871 in the British satirical journal The Hornet. Darwin presented the theory that humans and apes share a common ancestor, a proposition that was highly controversial in Victorian England and seemed absurd to many of his contemporaries. This is conveyed through the caricature, designed to ridicule Darwin and the theory he proposed. The biologist is made to appear as a ludicrous creature, straight out of legend, to imply that his scientific ideas were illegitimate.