Visions of Caliban: on chimpanzees and people

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Houghton Mifflin, 1993 - Nature - 367 pages
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We share 99% of our genes with chimpanzees, and our relations with them epitomize both our kinship with and our alienation from the rest of the natural world. In this groundbreaking book, a brilliant writer and a great scientist paint an extraordinary portrait of chimps, humans, and our complex lives together since the 1600s, when Shakespeare created Caliban, neither man nor beast but "honored with a human shape". 8-page photo insert.

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Visions of Caliban: on chimpanzees and people

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In this sequel to his book about endangered primates, The Deluge and the Ark ( LJ 9/1/89), Tufts English professor Peterson uses Shakespeare's The Tempest as an extended allegory of the relationship ... Read full review

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Very well written. If you've read other Jane Goodall or chimp books (Next of Kin, Nim Chimpsky, Reason for Hope. etc.) it repeats alot of stories and information. However, it is very enlightening on ... Read full review


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Man or Fish?
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About the author (1993)

Dale Peterson is the author of "Storyville, USA "(1999), "Chimpanzee Travels: On and Off the Road in Africa "(1995), and "The Deluge and the Ark: A Journey into Primate Worlds "(1989). He is the editor of "Beyond Innocence: Jane Goodall's Later Life in Letters "(2001) and "Africa in My Blood: Jane Goodall's Early Life in Letters "(2000). He is the coauthor of "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence "(1996) and "Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People "(1993). Karl Ammann is an award-winning photographer who has photographed wildlife throughout Africa and Southeast Asia.

Jane Goodall, 1934 - Jane Goodall, a well-respected English zoologist, is famous for her fieldwork with chimpanzees in Africa. An early interest in African wild animals and the opportunity, at age 18, to stay on a friend's farm in Kenya, led her to Dr. Louis Leakey; then curator of the National Museum of Natural History in Nairobi. Almost immediately Leakey hired Goodall as his assistant secretary, and she was soon accompanying Leakey and his wife on their expeditions. Following Leakey's suggestion that a field study of some of the higher primates would be a major contribution to the understanding of animal behavior, she began studying the chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1960. Although she had no undergraduate degree, Goodall earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965, based on her first five years of research at the Gombe Center. After more than 20 years of extensive study and direct contact with wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat, Goodall continues to research, teach, and write about primate behavior today.

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