In the Shadow of Man

In the Shadow of Man

Book - 1971
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This is Jane Goodall's account of the early years of her field study of, and adventures with, chimpanzees in Tanzania in the 1960s. She is the founder of the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation.
Publisher: London: Collins, 1971.
ISBN: 9780002113571
Characteristics: 256 p.:,illus. (some col.), ports (some col.).;,24 cm.


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Jan 31, 2020

A scientific study that reads like an adventure - this book sparked my newfound interest in conservation and animal behavior! Aside from being very informative, Jane Goodall's contemplative writing style conveys the profound experience of encountering chimpanzees as individuals, with personalities and emotional depth. Would highly highly recommend.

Cheryl_in_IT Oct 07, 2019

Jane Goodall is as fascinating as her research. I loved reading her story and about her development from student to researcher (and the work and patience that goes into this) and her observations on chimpanzees. There was one chapter that was a touch gruesome on chimpanzees hunting. I mention this only because I tend to read while eating breakfast, and reading about chimps banging baboon heads on rocks to get the brains out was not a great accompaniment to scrambled eggs! So if you're a Eating Reader, be warned. :)

It was interesting to see her work through trial and error in her research methods and learning what was not a good idea (for both her and the chimp's safety) and what methods could continue.

Overall, I'm grateful a professor had us read this as an intro to her lectures on primates. Much more engaging than a text and still fascinating. I realize, when I read books about scientists in the field, that there are three things I deeply envy: their research locations (case in point, this book and the Grants in The Beak of the Finch), their patience, their methodical, systematic approach to data gathering

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