Wiidman of Central Africa.
Etymology: Greek, "wood eater." Behavior: Arboreal. Eats wood and seeds. P^ossible explanations:
(1) The Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), suggested by Vernon Reynolds, because it eats the leaves, bark, and stems of certain plants.
(2) A distorted rumor of apes or African wildmen, perhaps an etymological leap from "men of the woods" to "eaters of wood," suggested by Bernard Heuvelmans. Sources: Diodorus Siculus, Historical Library,
Ill. 24; Pomponius Mela, De situ orbis, iii. 93; Vernon Reynolds, The Apes (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1967), pp. 31-32; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les bêtes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 139-140, 164.
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