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"Krao", the "missing link" : a living proof of Darwin's theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30... : all should see her : [jungle illustration].

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[1887]
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Handbill advertising Krao, a young woman with an unusually hairy body (though not as hairy as the poster illustrations suggested) who was found in the jungles of Laos in 1885 by Carl Bock. She was exhibited as the missing link, cashing in on the publicity of Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory and the victorian / edwardian fascination with freak shows. She appeared at the Royal Aquarium exhibition hall, Westminster on March 25th 1887. The leaflet shows Krao standing on a rock against rich, jungle foliage, wearing a loin cloth, her arms raised to chest level, around a plant.

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[London] : [London Aquarium], [1887]

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1 sheet : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm

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