So excited to see the Chimpanzees movie this weekend (and if you can, try to see it soon as opening week ticket sales will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute).
Ok, we are going to do something a little different. Over the next three Sundays, Scientist Sunday will feature three scientists that comprise a group known as “Leakey’s Angels”. These three scientists are all incredible women who devoted themselves to studying apes; collectively they comprise Leakey’s Angels, so named because they all worked with archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey. They are Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. The name “Leakey’s Angels” was coined by Galdikas, first used in her book Reflections of Eden(1995) – a nod to the fact that she met Leakey in Los Angeles, the City of “Angels”.
Before we go into the scientists, let’s first define “ape”.
Apes are a group of tailless primates native to Africa and Southeast Asia. They are the largest primates in the world. Apes can be divided into two subgroups of living species:
- Hylobatidae, or gibbons, sometimes…
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