Male Hamadryas Baboon GIFs

I’ve never been to Ethiopia, but my thesis nevertheless is a study of the two species of baboons that come together and hybridize there. I know the baboons only from their DNA, scientific articles, anecdotes, and nature documentaries. Using that last category, I made two GIFs showing the dual nature of Hamadryas baboons for a recent talk. Here’s a male grooming a female:

…and a male neck-biting a female that strayed too far out of his control:

Click on either to see the YouTube video source.

Met Museum – 400,000 Digital Images for Non-Commercial Use

From the press release:

…more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.

Check out the great online portal of these Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) images. Above is a detail from Rama Releases the Demon Spies Shuka and Sarana (ca. 1725) that I thought was fitting for a monkey scientist’s blog: