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Wet specimen: Right hand of a chimpanzee (originally inventoried as gorilla hand)

  • Wet specimen
  • Erwin Olbricht (Verkäufer)
  • Locality: Forests; savannahs; Western and central Africa; Place of purchase: Leipzig; Zeitzerstr. 21
  • 1904

The founding of the Zoological Institute at Berlin University in 1884 also marked the creation of a teaching collection. The preparation had been bought from Leipzig drug and pigment dealer Erwin Olbricht as a gorilla’s hand. The missing skin flap was presumably used for microscopic studies. Such specimen were used in lectures and research for anatomical comparative studies, and helped explain the biological ties between apes and humans. Since the publication of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in 1859, the origin of species had been a hotly disputed topic.

Detailed information

HU Zoological Teaching Collection, Institute of Biology
Object type
Wet specimen
Original title
Pan spec., rechte Hand eines Schimpansen
Erwin Olbricht (Verkäufer)
Place of origin
Locality: Forests; savannahs; Western and central Africa; Place of purchase: Leipzig; Zeitzerstr. 21
Inventory number
Persons / Corporate bodies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
22 x 14 x 8,5 cm
3 kg
Glass; alcohol; animal material
Wet specimen
Exhibition Format
Rights statement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Biologie, Zoologische Lehrsammlung
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
H01 Highlights / H01 Highlights - First Forerunners / MG Media Guide / MG Tour 04 Humboldt Lab / HU01 After Nature / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 03 Research Objects
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