Show Notes: The Verreaux Brothers

Tracy Wilson

Verreaux sifaka Kira Kaplinski/Hemera/ThinkStock

When Holly picked the subject for today's episode, she was inspired by the lemurs shown in this picture - the Verreaux sifaka. They live in Madagascar and were named for naturalists who traveled the world, collecting and mounting specimens, in the 19th century. Unfortunately, along the way she unearthed a particularly disturbing part of their tale: The brothers also brought back a taxidermied human being after robbing his grave.

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For more knowledge: How Taxidermy Works

Episode link: The Verreaux Brothers

Just for fun, here are some sifakas.

Holly's research:

  • JSTOR Global Plants. "Verreaux, Jules Pierre (1807-1873)." http://plants.jstor.org/person/bm000055303
  • Molina, Miquel. "More Notes on the Verreaux Brothers." Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies. Volume 16 (2002), No. 1. http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/PULA/pula016001/pula016001006.pdf
  • Swarns, Rachel L. "Gaborone Journal; Africa Rejoices as a Wandering Sould Finds Rest." The New York Times. Oct. 6, 2000. http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/06/world/gaborone-journal-africa-rejoices-as-a-wandering-soul-finds-rest.html
  • Templeton, David. "Dramatic Carnegie Museum exhibit due for the top of the table." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 28, 2009 http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2009/12/28/Dramatic-Carnegie-Museum-exhibit-due-for-the-top-of-the-table/stories/200912280153

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