'Charlie' joins the Museum of Life Sciences
The skeleton of a chimpanzee that we have in the Museum has become badly damaged over time and when it became part of the Museum it had already lost an arm and some ribs, more recent damage has now meant that the specimen cannot be used for teaching until we can get it restored.
In the meantime we have a acquired a model of an adult male chimpanzee.
It came from America in several pieces and volunteers in the Museum had
fun unwrapping the pieces, putting them together and mounting the complete skeleton on a wooden base board.
At our Open Day last summer we had a competition ‘Name the Chimp’.
Many amusing and innovative names were suggested but in the end we chose to call him ‘Charles’ (Charlie for everyday use) after Charles Darwin whose descendent, Francis Darwin, was a lecturer here at King’s College London
and a colleague of some of us who work in the Museum of Life Sciences.