monkey relations

I was listening to the radio the other day, and a French anthropologist was being interviewed! He was talking about the death of a famous film star chimpanzee called Cheeta, and about politics amongst monkeys and apes. One thing he said which I found interesting was that Europe was one of the only place were large ‘civilizations’ had not been in contact with monkeys or apes. I wonder whether the lack of presence of similar species could have had an effect on the way people think of themselves…And I wonder whether that could be an interesting path to discover the intertwinings between bio and social anthropology?

Also, first time I heard an anthropologist on the radio!