Haeckel's Tree of Life

The German biologist Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919) was a noted scientific illustrator and the first great popularizer of Darwin's Theory of Evolution. His "General Morphology - founded on the the Descent Theory" traced the origin of all life to Moneren, and first suggested that the ancestry of humans was among the Great Apes. Note the position of Menschen ("men") at the very top of the tree, among the Affen ("apes").

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