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September 5th, 2007


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02:47 pm
Pet peeve that I'm just going to have to learn to cope with: calling humans "monkeys".

We are not monkeys - look at your ass, do you see a tail? No, we are apes. Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, us. Apes.

Granted, to most folks it's probably too fine of a distinction to matter, and if I wasn't a physical anthropologist I probably wouldn't care. I certainly agree with the sentiment that I'm guessing is meant to be conveyed - we're primates, we do stupid primate things. "Apes" apparently doesn't have the resonance "monkeys" does, though, so monkeys it is.

Or monkey's, if it's a really bad day.

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From:vorona
Date:September 5th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Heheheheheh. Yes.
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From:rimrunner
Date:September 5th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I can't help but think of the Unseen University Librarian when reading this. :D
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From:smarier
Date:September 5th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
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First thing that popped into my mind as I read your post

"Not my damn planet monkey boy!"
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From:rechercher
Date:September 6th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)

Hey, wait a minute.

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When did you switch from cultural anthropology to physical anthropology? I *thought* your master's was in the former, anyway.
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From:rechercher
Date:September 6th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)

Oops

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Masters not masters, certainly not master's. Read as is, something that belongs to a child. Yeesh.
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From:cithra
Date:September 6th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Oops

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My MA is in cultural anthro; my BA is biology/anthropology aka physical anthropology.
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From:grouchychris
Date:September 6th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Bah, monkeys aren't even a clade.
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From:quixoticfish
Date:September 6th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I've always wanted a tail. The next time we do this evolution thing, lets get us a tail.
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From:mcjulie
Date:September 7th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)

Primate test

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"Ape-descended life forms"
"Monkey-descended life forms"

Ape wins.

"Laugh while you can, monkey boy!"
"Laugh while you can, ape boy!"

Monkey wins.

Humans are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them round to dinner.


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