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In the Shadow of Man Shortly before or after I don t remember I studied abroad in Kenya with Richard and Meave Leakey, I decided to read the books by Leakey s angels Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas These three are known for their pioneering field studies of the three great apes chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, respectively I thought that In the Shadow of Man was a far better read than Gorillas in the Mist I never did get around to Galdikas s bookWhen I read this book, I loved it I su Shortly before or after I don t remember I studied abroad in Kenya with Richard and Meave Leakey, I decided to read the books by Leakey s angels Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas These three are known for their pioneering field studies of the three great apes chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, respectively I thought that In the Shadow of Man was a far better read than Gorillas in the Mist I never did get around to Galdikas s bookWhen I read this book, I loved it I suspect I would like it less if I read it today, but that s probably because I ve becomeof a snob It should be said, however, that many of her methods were questionable This is largely because she had no formal training, and Louis Leakey found it gratifying to send wide eyed young women out into the field From the standpoint of research, the most egregious thing that Goodall did was use bananas to lure the chimps into her camp Leakey was furious about this, and it is, indeed, a frightful bit of scholarship Nonetheless, it was entertaining to read about.Goodall may not be a genius scientist, but she is certainly a passionate storyteller It is incredible how effectively she pulled me in to the personal lives of her chimps Aggression displays, rain dances, pregnancies, estrus cycles, and struggles for dominance play out like a soap opera Chimps are fascinating In some ways, they seem so human they tickle, play, make tools, smile, shake hands, and even appear to love one another In retrospect, I suspect that she was doing a bit of anthropomorphizing in her account But many intelligent people have been led astray by this almost human quality of our nearest relative the best example of this can be found in the fascinating documentary Project Nim , so I m willing to forgive her.If someone were to ask me about the fundamentals of human behavior, this would be one of the first books I would direct them to It is impossible to forget our intimate connection with our close relatives, and the significance of our evolutionary past, when we acquaint ourselves with ape behavior Although we like to flatter ourselves with notions of our own uniqueness, we are not so different It is a great irony that we have made an apocalyptic film entitled The Planet of the Apes We are living on the Planet of the Apes, and we should be careful to remember it I really enjoyed this book Normally I don t read science books, but kind of made an exception with this one because I admire Jane Goodall and her work with the chimpanzees Thankfully for me, this book wasn t over my head and didn t use huge scientific words that I wouldn t know because I m not a scientist Goodall is a good writer She picks out her words carefully for non scientist to understand She wants everyone to understand animals as much as she does and this book does that perfectly.Mo I really enjoyed this book Normally I don t read science books, but kind of made an exception with this one because I admire Jane Goodall and her work with the chimpanzees Thankfully for me, this book wasn t over my head and didn t use huge scientific words that I wouldn t know because I m not a scientist Goodall is a good writer She picks out her words carefully for non scientist to understand She wants everyone to understand animals as much as she does and this book does that perfectly.Most of this book doesn t read like a science book, which is one reason I enjoyed it so much It s written like a memoir of Goodall s famous accounts with the chimps There are a ton of various stories she tells depending on the topic of the chapter Part of this remind me of those pulp adventure stories, but Goodall is the real deal There are a lot of facts she states in this book as well Some of the facts I knew previously either from other animal books or listening to her on the television There are also facts that I didn t know of too I didn t really realize chimps not only ate fruit, but they will attack baboons and eat their meat.I also loved the photos Hugo van Lawick took Most people just give Goodall credit for all of this and you really can t, she certainly doesn t The photos in this book are worth the look All of the photos have emotions attached to them I think the cover of this edition of the book is the cutest thing ever Goodall does a great job telling you which chimp is which by giving each one a name, but I think the photos help but faces to them and giving thempersonality.The only parts I didn t care for as much was the chimp sex Remember Far Side Remember how Gary Larson did a cartoon of a female chimp finding blond hair on a male chimp s back Well after reading this book I see evenhumor with that cartoon than before I m glad Goodall thought that was funny as well You can tell she has a sense of humor in this book at various points too I just think the chimp sex went on a little too long, but I think those parts were very much needed She was writing everything she observed Why leave out anything As much as I enjoyed this book, I m not sure I want to read all of Goodall s books Some of them don t look as interesting to me at least Maybe I ll pick them up and be surprised This book does inspire me to go out and observe animals and humans better Louis and Mary Leakey were ground breaking British paleoanthropologists and archaeologists whose work importantly demonstrated that humans evolved in Africa Coming along behind them in the the field of study regarding primates were three others who had worked with them Birut M.F Galdikas, living alongside orangutans, Diane Fossey studying mountain gorillas, and Jane Goodall working with chimpanzees These three leading female primatologists formed a group of what Louis Leakey presumably ton Louis and Mary Leakey were ground breaking British paleoanthropologists and archaeologists whose work importantly demonstrated that humans evolved in Africa Coming along behind them in the the field of study regarding primates were three others who had worked with them Birut M.F Galdikas, living alongside orangutans, Diane Fossey studying mountain gorillas, and Jane Goodall working with chimpanzees These three leading female primatologists formed a group of what Louis Leakey presumably tongue in cheek calledTrimates.In 1960, when she was just 26, Jane Goodall travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little known world of wild chimpanzees Her task was to observe and record their behaviour in the wild and densely forested mountainside of Gombe, above the lake For three months she only caught distant glimpses of them, but finally they came to accept her almost as one of themselves.This book is the first edition of In the Shadow of Man, published in 1971 when Jane Goodall published her works asJane van Lawick GoodallIt is beautifully illustrated with photographs on glossy paper, taken by her husband Hugo van Lawick Most are full page, but sometimes there are two to a page They are in groups throughout the book, sometimes one page and sometimes several, in both colour and black and white Hugo van Lawick had filmed the TV seriesOn Safarifor Armand and Michaela Denis, as well as his freelance wildlife photography He was regarded as one of the best wildlife photographers in the world.Inside the covers, front and back are family trees the dynasties of the six chimpanzees which form the study.Chimpanzees are human s nearest relative Jane Goodall studied their families life and social hierarchies, their loyalties and also their various vendettas, their sexual behaviour, their treatment of both young and old All have similarities and are relevant to the human condition Interestingly Jane Goodall applied some of the principles she learned on bringing up her own child, also called Hugo orGrublin , who was born in 1967.I shall leave this edition at my default rating of three stars, as I shall be reading the text on kindle Nearly 50 years after being published , In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall is still a fascinating read This is one of those special books where after reading, I wished for the existence of time machines I wanted to be there with the author as she conducted her ground breaking research in the Gombe area, not seeing chimpanzees in a zoo.The content, covering the ground breaking research amidst the close contact with the chimpanzees, is itself enough reason to read this book But the story is a Nearly 50 years after being published , In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall is still a fascinating read This is one of those special books where after reading, I wished for the existence of time machines I wanted to be there with the author as she conducted her ground breaking research in the Gombe area, not seeing chimpanzees in a zoo.The content, covering the ground breaking research amidst the close contact with the chimpanzees, is itself enough reason to read this book But the story is also very well written Not too clinical but still science based with a fair amount of humanity around the simian cast of characters In the Shadow of Man may not quite achieve the same level of scientific wonder conveyed by say Carl Sagan or Rachel Carson s writings but it is very close Jane Goodall is truly a treasure My daughter went to see her lecture last year and was amazed at the vitality and passion of this woman now in her 80 s Five stars Goodall is a great writer She loves her work, and she makes readers love it too She has a great, subtle sense of humor and a beautiful style as passionate as she is about her work, she does not take herself too seriously. Highly recommend this read for both the scientific research and the delightful observations of Jane Goodall Did you know her efforts lead to so many concepts about animals that we now take for granted For example, that they have feelings, develop bonds and demonstrate some degree of grief when a family member dies This has lead to research in dogs, birds and cats with similar insights 3.5 Once again, if it weren t for my book club, I wouldn t have picked up this book Who doesn t know Jane Goodall I was prepared that this memoir would focus on her work with chimpanzees She began her research in the sixties and started out observing the chimpanzees from a distance with binoculars, gradually getting closer to them and gaining their trust At the beginning she was faced with a lot of obstacles and she still had to learn about the new terrain around her I was impressed how she 3.5 Once again, if it weren t for my book club, I wouldn t have picked up this book Who doesn t know Jane Goodall I was prepared that this memoir would focus on her work with chimpanzees She began her research in the sixties and started out observing the chimpanzees from a distance with binoculars, gradually getting closer to them and gaining their trust At the beginning she was faced with a lot of obstacles and she still had to learn about the new terrain around her I was impressed how she gradually overcame all troubles with such determination and calm When she began her research, her mother accompanied her to the Gombe Stream Valley Later she met a photographer Hugo who would become her husband Goodall gives names to the chimpanzees that she studied in the wild and tells us their life stories It was heart warming but also heart breaking at times I learned some interesting facts about our close relatives After giving birth the placenta dangles out of the mother They don t attempt to cut the umbilical cord This confirms what I learned from a mid wife that a lot of essential minerals are still transmitted through the umbilical cord to the baby As long as the cord doesn t pose any fatal danger to the baby, there s no rush to cut it really In the chimpanzee world, there are only single mothers Males don t play an important role in a baby chimpanzee s life since the mother doesn t even know who really fathered her child Unlike bonobos, Goodall didn t observe any homosexuality in chimpanzees Males will only start touching other males in times of stress Smiling doesn t always come from a positive place Often a smile originates from a nervous and social discomfort, trying to win the favor of the other A chimpanzee grins as a sign of submission to superiors Grooming is an important past time for chimpanzees It s how they reassure themselves and their relationships that everything is okayFor those who love to be alone with nature I need add nothing further for those who do not, no words of mine could ever convey, even in part, the almost mystical awareness of beauty and eternity that accompanies certain treasured moments And, though the beauty was always there, those moments came upon me unaware when I was watching the pale flush preceding dawn or looking up through the rustling leaves of some giant forest tree into the greens and browns and black shadows that occasionally ensnared a bright fleck of the blue sky or when I stood, as darkness fell, with one hand on the still warm trunk of a tree and looked at the sparkling of an early moon on the never still, sighing water of the lake I read Jane Goodall s In the Shadow of Man Houghton Mifflin 1971 years ago as research for a paleo historic novel I was writing I needed background on the great apes so I could show them acting appropriately in their primeval setting tens of thousands of years ago While I did get a marvelous treatise from this book on their wild environ, I also got my first introduction to the concept that they are almost human, maybe even human cousins.But I digress Back to Jane Goodall.This is the memoir I read Jane Goodall s In the Shadow of Man Houghton Mifflin 1971 years ago as research for a paleo historic novel I was writing I needed background on the great apes so I could show them acting appropriately in their primeval setting tens of thousands of years ago While I did get a marvelous treatise from this book on their wild environ, I also got my first introduction to the concept that they are almost human, maybe even human cousins.But I digress Back to Jane Goodall.This is the memoir that began her career, that relays her start in the field of anthropology, how she conducted her early studies and the price she paid personally and professionally for her perseverance She had no formal background in primatology or fieldwork when she began this study She entered Tanzania with an open mind, a patient attitude and an interest in exploring the adventures of chimpanzees in the wild From there, she invented everything else that would allow her to investigate these fascinating primates In the book, she shares every step with readers how she followed the chimps until they finally accepted her presence without fleeing, how she learned to identify each animal and in that way track their lives, how she learned to understand their verbal and body language, how she learned to be a better mother by watching Flo s parenting skills.At the time she wrote this book, chimpanzees were not considered human still aren t Goodall approached her fieldwork expecting to see them fail the tests of human ness, things like using tools, caring for their families, working as a group, planning their actions Each hurdle she put in front of them, they lept across, until her work destroyed all the rules about what made you and I human She did for chimpanzees what Dian Fosse did for the gorillas and Birute Galdikas did for orangutans she humanized them.By the time I finished this book, I realized that chimpanzees have a good and fulfilling life They have adapted their lives to suit their environment They lack man s wanderlust, restricting themselves to smaller and smaller parts of Africa every year, but by Jane Goodall s account, they enjoy their lives.Can we say as much for ourselves This Best Selling Classic Tells The Story Of One Of World S Greatest Scientific Adventuresses Jane Goodall Was A Young Secretarial School Graduate When The Legendary Louis Leakey Chose Her To Undertake A Landmark Study Of Chimpanzees In The World This Paperback Edition Contains Photographs And In Introduction By Stephen Jay Gould Bought the book on a whim and kept it sealed for a month since there were various functions being held at home Once that got over, I started reading the book and was hooked from the word go, right in the introduction by Jane Goodall.It was a strange situation I wanted to read the book in one go, I wanted to savour the book bit by bit like a delicacy Despite stopping to think over what I read and deliberately keeping the book away, I finished reading it in 6 days It s very rarely that a book Bought the book on a whim and kept it sealed for a month since there were various functions being held at home Once that got over, I started reading the book and was hooked from the word go, right in the introduction by Jane Goodall.It was a strange situation I wanted to read the book in one go, I wanted to savour the book bit by bit like a delicacy Despite stopping to think over what I read and deliberately keeping the book away, I finished reading it in 6 days It s very rarely that a book holds my interest from the word go till the last sentence and this is one of them I simply loved it.This is supposed to be the documentation of the pathbreaking behavioural study of the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall, who as a young girl went and stayed in the dense jungles of Africa, for the love of the work she was doing Her unique way of describing things, with so much of understanding and empathy,is what draws one to the book.It practically reads like a story and draws one unknowingly to the the individual apes who exhibit such distinct characteristics and personality, like their human counterparts One starts feeling the moods of Flo, Fifi, David, Goliath and others and as the book progresses, one can almost visualise them Jane Goodall has a wonderful simple way of describing things and makes the reader move with her.The book since it s publication in the 70s, has been read by scores of people and has influenced many I had seen documentaries made on Jane Goodall but I wonder, how an avid reader like me, missed out on reading the book earlier Initially I thought, I liked the book because of my academic background, but then when I suggested and showed the book to two other avid readers in the family, with accounting and IT background, they also fell for the book and I had a tough time rescuing the book from them, for my own reading So I have no hesitation now, to recommend it to my friends

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