Sun Jun 19, 2005

“It may be worth noting here that there does not at the present time exist a word in the English language which may serve as a term for all primates. It is unlikely that the classificatory term ‘primate’ will ever come into common usage, in any case, the latter term is already reserved by the Church to describe the chief ecclesiastic, and we must be careful here, accerima proximorum odia!” (M.F. Ashley Montagu, “Knowledge of the Ape in Antiquity.” Isis 32.1 [1940]: 88 n3).