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Chimpanzee Behavior

The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist
Hardcover - 256 pages 0 edition (February 2001)
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465041752 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.42 x 8.49 x 5.88

Editorial Reviews
To watch apes dressed in human clothing and mimicking human manners--an old standby in films and television shows--can make some human viewers uncomfortable, writes the noted primatologist Frans de Waal. Somehow, by doing so, the apes are crossing some line in the sand, a line that speaks to issues of culture, which humans alone are presumed to have. But culture, in de Waal's estimation, does not mean using an oyster fork properly or attending smart gallery openings. Instead, it "means that knowledge and habits are acquired from others--often, but not always, the older generation." Culture implies communication and social organization, and in this, he notes, humans by no means have a monopoly. A sushi chef learns by acquiring knowledge and habits from more accomplished masters, but so do chimpanzees learn to wash bananas in jungle streams, and so do birds learn to break open mollusks on the rocks below them.

Closely examining anthropocentric theories of culture, de Waal counterposes the notion of anthropodenial, "the a priori rejection of shared characteristics between humans and animals when in fact they may exist." He takes issue with "selfish gene" theories of behavior, arguing spiritedly that there are better models for explaining why animals--and humans--do what they do. And, against Aristotle, he argues that humans are not the only political animals, if by politics we mean a social process "determining who gets what, when, and how." What animals and humans clearly share, he concludes, are societies in which stability is an impossibility--an observation that may disappoint utopians, but one that helps explain some of the world's peculiarities.

Perhaps no human alive knows more about the great apes than does Frans de Waal. With this book, he ably shows that he knows a great deal about humans, too. Students of biology, culture, and communication will find much food for thought in his pages. --Gregory McNamee

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Jane Goodall - 40 Years at Gombe : A Tribute to Four Decades of Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation
By Jennifer Lindsey, Jane, Dr. Goodall, Gilbert M. Grosvenor (Foreword)

Hardcover - 128 pages (April 17, 2000)
Stewart Tabori & Chang; ISBN: 1556709471 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 11.09 x 10.14
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Jane Goodall is the most famous primatologist, possibly the most famous field biologist, of the 20th century. Her chimpanzee research did more to increase human knowledge of the lives of our closest relatives than that of any other scientist. It's in large part due to her example that primatology is the closest thing to a female-dominated science.

But in 1986 Goodall gave up fieldwork for a higher, more pressing calling: rescuing chimpanzees from inhumane conditions in captivity and preserving the species from extinction. Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe is a pictorial tribute to her life, her studies of the chimpanzees, and her unflagging efforts to motivate human beings on their behalf.

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." Goodall began her research by giving the chimpanzees names, by observing them as nonhuman individuals. Her activism is directed toward the human individuals: scientists who use apes in research, Africans who live near wild apes, children in Africa and in the industrialized world who can learn to value other creatures for themselves. Goodall says of this last project that "I think Roots & Shoots is probably the reason I came into the world. Yet I couldn't have done it without all those years with the chimpanzees and an understanding that led to a blurring of the line between 'man' and 'beasts.'" --Mary Ellen Curtin
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Next of Kin : My Conversations With Chimpanzees
by Roger Fouts, Stephen Tukel Mills, Jane Goodall

Paperback - 432 pages (September 1998)
Bard Books; ISBN: 0380728222 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 8.08 x 5.34
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For three decades, primatologist Roger Fouts has been involved in language studies of the chimpanzee, the animal most closely related to human beings. Among his subjects was the renowned Washoe, who was "endowed with a powerful need to learn and communicate," and who developed an extraordinary vocabulary in American sign language. Another chimpanzee, Fouts writes, "never made a grammatical error," which turned a whole school of linguistic theory upside down. While reporting these successes, Fouts also notes that chimpanzees are regularly abused in laboratory settings and that in the wild their number has fallen from 5,000,000 to fewer than 175,000 in the last century.
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My Life With the Chimpanzees
by Jane Goodall

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - 160 pages Revised edition (April 2000)
Minstrel Books; ISBN: 0671562711 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.49 x 5.15
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The celebrated naturalist recounts her childhood wish to work with animals and her excursions into the wilds of Africa, where she performed history-making studies on the leopards, lions, and, especially, chimpanzees there.
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Chimpanzee Material Culture : Implications for Human Evolution
by William C. McGrew

Paperback - 277 pages (November 1992)
Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ISBN: 0521423716 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.59 x 8.89 x 5.91
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