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The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior Hardcover – September, 1986

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Fascinating reading...Miss Goodall's book may well emerge as the most significant ethological monograph based on field study in this half century. Its implications for the study of human evolution are enormous, as it brings together for the first time in book form detailed information on the biology, ecology and culture of an animal uncannily similar to ourselves. (John H. Crook New York Times Book Review)

I believe that Jane Goodall is one of the intellectual heroes of this century...She has amassed in this quarter century our first adequate and comprehensive account of the natural behavior of our closest animal relative. What in all natural history could possibly be of more interest and importance to us? This large and well-illustrated book (never forget that all primates are primarily visual animals) is a long progress report of work that must continue...I treasure this book most of all for its quiet and unobtrusive proof, by iterated example rather than theoretical bombast, that close observation of individual differences can be as powerful a method in science as the quantification of predictable behavior in a zillion identical atoms. (Stephen Jay Gould New York Review of Books)

Monumental...Few people...can really enter the mind of the chimpanzee and then emerge to write about it well, but Jane Goodall is indisputably the best. (W. C. McGrew Nature)

Jane Goodall is one of the wise people in the field of primatology. There are few wise people in any field; they are precious...The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior sums up two and a half decades of research...Goodall's fascination with the chimpanzees as individuals, and her conviction that scientific study of chimp behavior should illuminate the role of individuals in society, make The Chimpanzees of Gombe a delight to read. (Alison Jolly Natural History)

An historical document. The book gives us for the first time a comprehensive analysis of chimpanzee behavior in its full range of activities, and draws extensively from the work of other investigators as well as from the studies at Gombe...With The Chimpanzees of Gombe, Goodall's primacy in animal behavior studies is brought into clear focus. Like the man [Louis Leakey] who hired her as an office worker 26 years ago, Goodall may already qualify as a legend in her own time. (David M. Walsten Chicago Tribune)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 673 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674116496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674116498
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JANE GOODALL continues to study and write about primate behavior. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. She is the author of many books, including two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence. Today Dr. Goodall spends much of her time lecturing, sharing her message of hope for the future, and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David L Johnston on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jane Goodall has written a wonderful resource for anyone interested in primate behavior. This book covers every aspect of chimpanzee behavior from feeding, social structure, individual chimp bios, chimp warfare, and everything else you could ever want to know. If you're interested in chimpanzee behavior, then this book is a must read!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones on August 5, 2012
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No research library on our closest non-human relatives is complete without this comprehensive compendium of Dr. Jane Goodall's exhaustive research. I stumbled upon it in Africa several months ago while engaged in an independent research project involving the care and handling of these phenomenal and surprising creatures. Wish I'd read this first. But after the experience of hands-on living with orphan chimps at a sanctuary created by Dr. Jane's staff, I have found many answers and few experiences at variance from the information that Dr. Goodall has synthesized here. Brilliant and thorough.
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