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Primates

The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas
Ottaviani, Jim (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Primates


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Baker & Taylor
An engrossing, graphically illustrated introduction to the lives and work of three eminent primatologists shares insights into their educations under mentor Louis Leakey while exploring their pivotal contributions to 20th-century natural science. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Feynman.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



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Introduces the lives and work of three eminent primatologists, shares insights into their educations under mentor Louis Leakey, while exploring their pivotal contributions to twentieth-century natural science.

Authors: Ottaviani, Jim
Statement of Responsibility: Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks
Title: Primates
the fearless science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas
Publisher: New York :, First Second Books,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 133 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 cm.
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  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quick but fascinating look at the lives of 3 amazing primate researchers all set up by Louis Leakey in their respective study locations: Jane Goodall (chimpanzees), Dian Fossey (moutain gorillas), and Birute Galdikas (orangutans). I have always loved hearing about larger primates -- this was however an introduction to graphics for me on a topic I consider essential reading -- Loved it! MORE from Jim Ottaaviani and Maris Wicks would be great!

This tripartite biography vividly dramatizes the determination and sacrifice that are necessary to excel in science and make important discoveries. If you only have a passing acquaintance with these remarkable women, you will likely finish this book amazed and inspired. The scenes are well-chosen and nicely depicted. The sexism each faced is alluded to but prudently kept offstage (presumably for the sake of younger readers). The facts of Fossey's demise are also elided, however, which leaves an odd hole in the story. An author's afterward undermines the book's impact by cautioning that "some of what you read is fiction" without citing specific scenes.

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