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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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Chimps in Your Living Room
22 December 1999 8:00 pm
The documentary "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees" first aired on U.S. television on this date in 1965. The film brought widespread acclaim to British primatologist Jane Goodall and a better appreciation of the similarities between humans and chimps, the closest living species to our own. Goodall's research on chimps at the Gombe Reserve in East Africa showed that they were not strict vegetarians, as had been suggested previously, but hunted and sometimes practiced cannibalism. Goodall was the first to report on chimps using tools--blades of grass that the chimps fashioned into implements for scooping termites out of mounds and into their mouths. She also introduced the public to chimps that hurled stones as weapons, comforted each another with hugs, and forged long-term family bonds.
[Source: Emily McMurray, Ed. Notable Twentieth Century Scientists. Gale Research Inc. ITP. 1995.]