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Edward Tyson (1650–1708) was one of the great comparative anatomists. He demonstrated for the first time the probability of a relationship between the anatomy of man and other animals, which was not established more clearly until Charles Darwin published 'The Descent of Man', 150 years later. Tyson’s most significant work was 'The Anatomy of a Pygmie compared with that of a Monkey, an Ape and a Man', published in 1699.
oil on canvas
H 126.4 x W 102.2 cm
gift from Dr Richard Tyson, 1764