The dramatic saga of 30 years in the life of chimpanzees, of birth and death, sex and love, power and war. It reads like a novel, but is one of the most important scientific works ever published. Goodall paints a complete and vivid portrait of man's closest relative, revealing ever human emotion stripped to its essence and reflecting man in the ...
The dramatic saga of 30 years in the life of chimpanzees, of birth and death, sex and love, power and war. It reads like a novel, but is one of the most important scientific works ever published. Goodall paints a complete and vivid portrait of man's closest relative, revealing ever human emotion stripped to its essence and reflecting man in the mirror of chimpanzee life. Color and black-and-white photographs.
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Publishers Weekly, 1990-08-10 Her first 10 years at Gombe (Tanzania) on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika produced the classic In the Shadow of Man. A fitting successor to that work, Goodall's newest continues the saga of the chimpanzee families with an engrossing account of animal behavior. She examines the mother-child relationship, noting that young males must sever the ties in order to learn male responsibiities (patrolling, repelling intruders, searching for food). There are profiles of special individuals: Goblin, who was determined to rise to the top and stay there; Jomeo, without social ambition; Gigi, a sterile female; Melissa, mother of successful offspring. Other stories of the chimpanzees include a brutal war between troops; a gruesome affair of cannibalism; incidents of injury, death and grief. The reader gets promptly involved with the characters--they have distinct personalities. In the final chapters, Goodall turns to the plight of wild chimpanzees today (loss of habitat) and the appalling living conditions of those in captivity (including laboratory animals). An important book for students of behavior. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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