ANT120 Jane Goodall Paper

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Anthropology 120 9 Oct 2006 Jane Goodall’s Observations: Invaluable Evidence and Model for Conservation In Through A Window , Jane Goodall presents an extensive and descriptive account of her thirty years at the Gombe National Park by recounting and analyzing her experiences with a community of chimpanzees. Her work at Gombe provides detailed information about the lives and daily routines of the chimpanzee community. Her stories and observations contribute invaluable evidence to the scientific understanding of the relationship between modern humans and chimpanzees. The evidence she collected during her years at Gombe Park largely supports the theory of a last common ancestor, a group that evolved into humans in one lineage and evolved into chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas in the other lineage (Rice and Maloney 2005: 72). Goodall’s work is a consistent and accurate account of chimpanzees at Gombe, for the most part. However, her obvious tendency to anthropomorphize, applying human emotions and traits to the chimpanzees, along with the provisioning of bananas to the chimpanzees raise questions regarding the accuracy of certain aspects of her work. Nevertheless, Goodall indisputably remains one of the top scientists and researchers of our time, through her dedication to scientific research and her constant support of wildlife education. Goodall’s work at Gombe contributed immensely to the scientific community, which used her study as evidence to support new theories about the biological link between humans and primates. Because her study was so extensive, including over thirty years of carefully 1
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recording the chimpanzees’ behavior, the evidence she produced to support these theories was concrete and substantial. One of her most important contributions was her account of the chimpanzees fashioning tools and using them for a specific purpose (Goodall 1990: 22). The Gombe chimpanzees would pull branches from trees, strip the branches of leaves and dig into an infested mound of earth, teeming with termites (Rice and Maloney 2005: 195). Often, the
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