Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
mangabeys, drills, and guenons, as well as the mandrill, a species recognizable by its coloured patches of bare skin. BABOONS There are five living species of baboons (Papio). These large, robust, and primarily terrestrial monkeys are found in dry regions of Africa and Arabia. Males of the largest species, the chacma baboon (Papio ursinus), average 30 kg (66 pounds) or so, but females are only half this size. The smallest is the hamadryas, or sacred baboon (P. hamadryas), with males weighing
were there numerous species of human predecessors long ago, but many of these overlapped in time and space. Habitats favourable for hominin occupation undoubtedly appeared and disappeared throughout much of Africa over and over again with the drastic fluctuations in tropical climates that occurred during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs. More species presumably await discovery, because there were probably many evolutionary experiments in these varied and changing habitats. Although the current
leg bone (tibia) found in 1993 during excavations at Boxgrove, West Sussex, England. More convincing evidence for the presence of H. erectus in Europe has come from Ceprano in central Italy, where a skull lacking its face was found in 1994. Clay deposits surrounding it contain no volcanic material that is directly datable, but the fossil is probably somewhat older than the Mauer mandible. The Ceprano individual displays the heavy continuous brow, low braincase, angled rear skull, and thick
Sapiens Although H. erectus is widely regarded as a direct ancestor of later species, including Homo sapiens, a few researchers have opposed this view. Louis Leakey argued energetically that H. erectus populations, particularly in Africa, overlap in time with more advanced Homo sapiens and therefore cannot be ancestral to the latter. Some support for Leakey’s point of view has come from analysis of anatomic characteristics exhibited by the fossils. By emphasizing a distinction between
history of Neanderthal research since the first discovery in 1856. Ian Tattersall, The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, and Mysterious Extinction of Our Closest Human Relatives, rev. ed. (1999), examines the points of argument surrounding Neanderthals while defining them as a separate species rather than as a subspecies of Homo sapiens. Juan Luis Arsuaga, The Neanderthal’s Necklace: In Search of the First Thinkers, trans. by Andy Klatt (2002), emphasizes recent findings from Sierra de