The ‘Apeman of the Amazon’: 75-year-old picture sweeps internet but does it show man’s missing link . . . or the work of a very good make-up artist?
Could these pictures dated from the 1930s of a supposed apeman found in the jungles of Brazil be proof for the much sought after missing link?
His giant lips and furrowed brow and awkward monkey-like gait appear to be simian and the Dutch magazine Het Leven which published them in 1937 certainly seemed convinced, describing the pictures as those of a mystery apeman.
The internet has been awash with speculation following the appearance of the pictures on the imgur picture-sharing website two days ago. Since then, millions have seen them on reddit, Facebook and such like.
But what is the real story behind the online excitement? Many observers claim to have spotted tell-tale signs of prosthetic make-up on his face, yet many more seem keen to beileve this is historic evidence of an anthropological marvel.