Reblog: The Victorian Search for Gorillas, Evolution, and Humanness

Originally posted on i heart literati:
In 1857, less than two years before the publication of On the Origin of Species, Richard Owen delivered a lecture about gorillas. As Europe’s preeminent zoologist / public intellectual—a Carl Sagan of the Victorian era—Owen’s opinion carried a lot of weight. And in his opinion, the brains of man… Continue reading Reblog: The Victorian Search for Gorillas, Evolution, and Humanness