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Jane Goodall and the monkeys: the reverse of a cliché

In the early 1960s, when Jane Goodall moved to Gombe, northwest of Lake Tanganyka, in present-day Tanzania, she was far from imagining that her study of chimpanzees would revolutionize ethology, the science of human behavior. animals, and anthropology, the science of the human species.

Much of the British primatologist’s discoveries were made possible with funding from the American magazine National Geographic. At the same time, in various reports, this famous publication distributed photographs, now considered sexist, of Jane Goodall but also of other women primatologists.

Sixth episode of the « Flashback » series of World, who goes back in time to tell the amazing stories behind the photos that changed the world.

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To learn more, a short list of books and websites:

The Great Apes: A Short History, Chris Herzfeld. Yale University Press, 2017

A little history of the great apes, Chris Herzfeld. Editions du Seuil, 2012

Reconciliation among primates, Frans de Waal. Flammarion, 2011

Women prefer monkeys, Stine Jensen. Editions du Seuil, 2006

“When males dominated… Controversies around the hierarchy among primates”, Revue Ethnologie française 2009/1 (Vol. 39)

Jane Goodall Institute France, organization for the preservation of the environment

Primate project, organization for the preservation of chimpanzees

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