26/10/2012 07:08 BST | Updated 26/10/2012 07:32 BST

'Apeman Found In The Jungles Of Brazil in 1937': Missing Link Or A Hoax?

A black and white snap showing an “apeman” cowering between a smartly-dressed man and woman has gone viral.

The picture is accompanied with the caption: “Apeman found in the jungles of Brazil, 1937”.

The image went viral after it was posted on Reddit, Facebook and Imgur with many speculating as to whether this was evidence of the missing link… or simply a hoax.

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Certainly the absence of any official explanation or story fuelled the popularity of the images, though the sleuths over at Reddit have dug up some interesting research.

User Series_of_accidents, who teaches psychology, flags up several points which suggest it is a staged photo.

He points out Tarzan the Ape Man had landed in theatres five years previously - raising the possibly of the picture being an attempt to capitalise on the surrounding hysteria.

He also draws attention to an “apeman” who was shot and killed in Latvia the same year. The “apeman” turned out to be a farm labourer who had gone missing years ago.

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Redditor IAmSnort provides visual clues of prosthesis, and another user points out the "apeman" is suspiciously clean-shaven.

What do you think?