also friendly note to new followers:
all the primate cadavers I work with were dealt with in the most humane ways possible! Thankfully and rightfully it is illegal to buy and sell primate cadavers so we get them when they die at a primate facility, usually of natural causes! It’s a beautiful thing to still be able to learn something from a research animal even after it has served it’s honorable purpose in life. My lemur was a resident at one of the top lemur facilities in the world, and he actually had completely free range of a forest! I found the microchip to prove it haha.
edited to add: PRIMATES CAN NO LONGER BE KILLED FOR DISSECTION OR SKELETAL COLLECTION PURPOSES ANYMORE EITHER. To us primatologists, this is great news! You need to jump through a lot of hoops in order to get the permission you need to kill or harm a primate even for research purposes, much less educational ones. The way I see it, if these animals are used in labs in the first place, it’s better to be as humane as possible and it’s also good that they be used for education after death! Not only do we learn about biomechanics and the musculoskeletal system through dissection, but afterwards the cadavers are macerated (which is my job job) and their skeletons continue to be used for education and research. I understand this is wordy but we treasure these specimens and they get more use and hold more educational importance than any animals killed by, say, factory farming.