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I've lately been obsessed with prehistory and human evolution, especially since I was lucky to meet Lucy when she came to New York City. it is a fascinating subject, and now that I have my timeline more or less clear, I can really appreciate how short is the time the humans have lived on Earth, compared to the history of the planet as a whole.

one of the most interesting books that I've read on the subject is The Neanderthal's Necklace. In Search of the First Thinkers, by Juan Luis Arsuaga, a paleoanthropologist and co-director of excavations at Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain, where in one of the sites ["Sima de los Huesos" (the pit of bones] the excavation team has located more than 5,500 human bones dated to an age of at least 350,000 years old. the sub-title of the book seemed an apt title for this pensive gorilla contemplating life in Bronx Zoo.

about the photo: taken through glass, so the image is not as crisp and sharp as I would like. but I still managed to capture the soft afternoon light on the arm of the animal which I liked a lot.

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RAW, ISO 400, 150mm focal length, spot metering.

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