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    Mr. Paul Du Chaillu Lecturing to the Young Folks of Boston, an engraving from Harpers Weekly, 1869.

    • Esmeralda Kale

      In “Between Man and Beast,” Monte Reel tells the story of the 19th-century explorer Paul Du Chaillu, who returned from Africa with evidence that a creature of myth — the gorilla — actually existed.

    • Richard Weiner

      ‘Between Man and Beast,’ by Monte Reel - NYTimes.com46% of Americans "decline to accept the reality that humans have evolved from ancestral primates," according to a recent Gallop poll. Astounding! Do other primates gossip? Chimpanzees?

    • Jim Sharp

      Mr. Paul Du Chaillu Lecturing to the Young Folks of Boston, an engraving from Harpers Weekly, 1869.

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