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In the Shadow of Man Paperback – 2 Dec 1999
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'One of history's most impressive field studies; an instant animal classic' TIME
Jane Goodall's classic account of primate research provides an impressively detailed and absorbing account of the early years of her field study of, and adventures with, chimpanzees in Tanzania, Africa. It is a landmark for everyone to enjoy. 'Jane Goodall's work has already passed into the legends of culture...and represents one of the Western world's great scientific achievements ...Chimps, as our closest genealogical cousins, hold more of our common evolutionary heritage than any other species can. Chimpanzees are not so much the shadow of man as our mirror, only slightly blurred by the mists of time' Stephen Jay GouldSee all Product description
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If have the slightest interest in our closest relatives you must read this and follow the work of the wonderful Jane Goodall. For a young woman with no scientific training to achieve what she has achieved is truly remarkable. My favourite quote in the whole book actually comes at the beginning of the book, page 3 - ....for of all living creatures today only man with his superior intellect, overshadows the chimpanzee. Only man casts his shadow of doom over the freedom of the chimpanzee in the forests with his guns and his spreading settlements and cultivation." Then in later chapters after discussing man's inhumanity and this particular primate's position in the hierarchy of living things, Jane says "It should be of concern to us all that we permit him (the chimpanzee) to live, that we at least give him the chance to evolve." I shall never be able to see chimpanzees in the wild but when I observe those rescued apes at Monkey World in Dorset I am always reminded of what humans can learn from their "society", their hand of friendship, their friendships and care for each other which is plain to see.
As an endnote - what a wonderful lady Jane's mother, Vanne, was in accompanying Jane in Tanzania, and becoming involved with the locals and setting up her clinics for them.
I found I had recently misplaced my copy, so I am purchasing it again not only to read it once more but because my collection just wouldn't be complete without it.
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