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Primates

The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Ottaviani, Jim (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Primates


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"This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates--including ourselves."-- Book jacket flap.
Authors: Ottaviani, Jim
Title: Primates
the fearless science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Publisher: New York :, First Second Books,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 133 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks
Summary: "This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates--including ourselves."-- Book jacket flap.
Additional Contributors: Wicks, Maris
ISBN: 1596438657
9781596438651
Branch Call Number: jgn 599.8 OTTAVIANI 2013
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  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quick but fascinating look at the lives of 3 amazing primate researchers all set up by Louis Leakey in their respective study locations: Jane Goodall (chimpanzees), Dian Fossey (moutain gorillas), and Birute Galdikas (orangutans). I have always loved hearing about larger primates -- this was however an introduction to graphics for me on a topic I consider essential reading -- Loved it! MORE from Jim Ottaaviani and Maris Wicks would be great!

This tripartite biography vividly dramatizes the determination and sacrifice that are necessary to excel in science and make important discoveries. If you only have a passing acquaintance with these remarkable women, you will likely finish this book amazed and inspired. The scenes are well-chosen and nicely depicted. The sexism each faced is alluded to but prudently kept offstage (presumably for the sake of younger readers). The facts of Fossey's demise are also elided, however, which leaves an odd hole in the story. An author's afterward undermines the book's impact by cautioning that "some of what you read is fiction" without citing specific scenes.

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