apes of the impenetrable forest summary

apes of the impenetrable forest summary - account of his...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Natalie Del Favero Anth 200 Lab: Wednesday 10am Book Summary: Apes of the Impenetrable Forest Professor Craig Stanford’s book, Apes of the Impenetrable Forest: The Behavioral Ecology of Sympatric Chimpanzees and Gorillas , reveals his field study in Bwindi, Tanzania of chimpanzees and gorillas living amongst one another in the same forest. Stanford takes a good portion of the book explaining the methods of conducting a research project and the great finances and physical work put into it. He also discusses the cultural sensitivity one must have coming into a foreign society and the potential dangers of researching in a politically unstable area. Finally, Stanford gets to the statistics and discoveries of his research in Bwindi and connects his observations to the bigger picture of hominid coexistence and the possibility of our human ancestors living under similar circumstances. Professor Stanford’s book provided a detailed and thoughtful
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Background image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: account of his research done with the chimpanzees and gorillas of Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest. Professor Stanford and his crew found some very interesting distinctions while observing the chimpanzees and gorillas of Bwindi. The chimpanzees’ ability to maintain a bipedal position while feeding in fruit trees is unique to Bwindi chimps and has not been sited by other researchers studying chimpanzees. Also, the interaction between a gorilla and a group of chimpanzees seem to indicate that the chimpanzees hold dominance in the forest. This is interesting considering their small size compared to the huge gorillas. Apes of the Impenetrable Forest has brought valuable insight to the knowledge of chimpanzee-gorilla relationships, and can ultimately shed light on how our ancestors may have behaved in the past....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 01/05/2011 for the course ANTH 200 taught by Professor Stanford during the Fall '08 term at USC.

Page1 / 2

apes of the impenetrable forest summary - account of his...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online