Storytelling Apes

Primatology Narratives Past and Future
Author: Mary Sanders Pollock
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271067667
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 272
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The annals of field primatology are filled with stories about charismatic animals native to some of the most challenging and remote areas on earth. There are, for example, the chimpanzees of Tanzania, whose social and family interactions Jane Goodall has studied for decades; the mountain gorillas of the Virungas, chronicled first by George Schaller and then later, more obsessively, by Dian Fossey; various species of monkeys (Indian langurs, Kenyan baboons, and Brazilian spider monkeys) studied by Sarah Hrdy, Shirley Strum, Robert Sapolsky, Barbara Smuts, and Karen Strier; and finally the orangutans of the Bornean woodlands, whom Biruté Galdikas has observed passionately. Humans are, after all, storytelling apes. The narrative urge is encoded in our DNA, along with large brains, nimble fingers, and color vision, traits we share with lemurs, monkeys, and apes. In Storytelling Apes, Mary Sanders Pollock traces the development and evolution of primatology field narratives while reflecting upon the development of the discipline and the changing conditions within natural primate habitat. Like almost every other field primatologist who followed her, Jane Goodall recognized the individuality of her study animals: defying formal scientific protocols, she named her chimpanzee subjects instead of numbering them, thereby establishing a trend. For Goodall, Fossey, Sapolsky, and numerous other scientists whose works are discussed in Storytelling Apes, free-living primates became fully realized characters in romances, tragedies, comedies, and never-ending soap operas. With this work, Pollock shows readers with a humanist perspective that science writing can have remarkable literary value, encourages scientists to share their passions with the general public, and inspires the conservation community.

Charles Darwin

Author: Kathleen Krull
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101444320
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 144
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“An illuminating, humanizing portrait of a famous scientist.” —Booklist, starred review All his life, Charles Darwin hated controversy. Yet he takes his place among the Giants of Science for what remains an immensely controversial subject: the theory of evolution. Darwin began piecing together his explanation for how all living things change or adapt during his five-year voyage on HMS Beagle. But it took him twenty years to go public, for fear of the backlash his theory would cause. Once again, Kathleen Krull delivers a witty and astute picture of one of history's greatest scientists.

The Animal Game

Author: Daniel E. Bender
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674737342
Category: History
Page: 393
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Tracing the global trade and trafficking in animals that supplied U.S. zoos, Daniel Bender shows how Americans learned to view faraway places through the lens of exotic creatures on display. He recounts the public’s conflicted relationship with zoos, decried as prisons by activists even as they remain popular centers of education and preservation.

101 Animal Secrets

Author: Melvin Berger,Gilda Berger
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545051223
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 112
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Presents a collection of trivia about animals, discussing the length of an anteater's tongue, the eating habits of koalas, and the physical characteristics of worms.

Feral Children and Clever Animals

Reflections on Human Nature
Author: Douglas K. Candland
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195102843
Category: History
Page: 411
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A comparison of accounts of attempts to civilize feral children with studies of the exploits of apes who communicate in sign language offers insights into the essence of human nature and attempts to communicate with other members of the animal kingdom.

Social Fabrics of the Mind

Author: Michael R.A. Chance
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1317542150
Category: Psychology
Page: 354
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Originally published in 1988, this book outlines a new evolutionary paradigm for understanding human society and mental structure, originating from the editor's work in primate ethology. It is supported and further elaborated by the contributors. Chance argues that two modes of social interaction, the agonic and hedonic, underlie social life and corresponding mentality. In the agonic mode we are concerned with self-security and our attention is much taken up with being accepted by a group. This mode is based on a recently discovered state of inhibited (braked) mental arousal. Social behaviour is either authoritarian or authority subservient, and has a tendency to control or be controlled. It curbs intelligence and restricts personality development. In the hedonic mode we are freer to form a network of personal relationships that are typically mutually supportive. The hedonic mode leads to the development of self-confidence and a relaxed empathic and collaborative personality with intelligence enhanced. The volume will still be of interest to all concerned with human affairs including those working in ethology, primatology, anthropology, social psychology, psychiatry and political sociology.

Animal Tool Behavior

The Use and Manufacture of Tools by Animals
Author: Robert W. Shumaker,Kristina R. Walkup,Benjamin B. Beck
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421401282
Category: Science
Page: 304
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Specific examples involving invertebrates, birds, fish, and mammals describe the differing levels of sophistication of tool use exhibited by animals.

Der Mensch, der Bonobo und die Zehn Gebote

Moral ist älter als Religion
Author: Frans de Waal
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 360810822X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 365
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Woher kommt die Moral? Wie hilft sie uns dabei, richtig zu handeln? De Waal beantwortet Fragen rund um Moral und Humanismus mit Blick auf Primaten und andere Tiere, die uns erstaunlich nahestehen: Im gottlosen Universum beobachtet er, wie Menschenaffen gerecht, kooperativ und empathisch handeln. Der weltbekannte Primatenforscher Frans de Waal nimmt uns mit auf eine erfrischende, philosophische Reise, bei der die lange Tradition des Humanismus ebenso zu Wort kommt wie das Sozialverhalten im Tierreich. Er untersucht, welche Konsequenzen seine Forschungen für unser Verständnis von moderner Religion haben. Ganz gleich, welchen Einfluss die Religion auf den Moralkodex des Menschen genommen hat, sie ist nicht die Urheberin unserer Moralität. Der Autor fordert die Leser auf, sich konstruktiv mit Fragen wie diesen auseinanderzusetzen: Welche Rolle spielt die Religion heutzutage in einer gut funktionierenden Gesellschaft? Wo können Gläubige und Nichtgläubige Inspiration für eine gute Lebensführung finden?

Die Zwicks stehen kopf

Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783499206092
Page: 106
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Herr Zwick ist ein Ekel. Frau Zwick steht ihm da in nichts nach. Gegenseitig spielen sie sich die gemeinsten Streiche: Regenwürmer in den Spaghetti zum Beispiel oder Frösche im Bett. So geht das Tag für Tag. Bis einer der Affen im Garten, die dort in ihrem Käfig kopfstehen müssen - stundenlang, weil Herr Zwick sie im Zirkus auftreten lassen will -, eine Superidee hat und die Zwicks auf den Leim führt. Rache ist süß! Ein echter Dahl - so komisch wie böse!

Random Acts of Kindness by Animals

Author: Stephanie LaLand
Publisher: Conari Press
ISBN: 9781609252120
Category: Pets
Page: 208
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The French poet, Theophile Gautier once asked, "Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?" And it's true - if you have ever loved an animal, you know that there is something special about them. Random Acts of Kindness by Animals proves it, through amazing and heartwarming true tales of animal compassion, devotion, and bravery. In the pages of this book readers will meet remarkable dogs and cats, as well as gorillas, dolphins, bears, seagulls, rats, birds, and one heroic pig! Even ants are caught practicing compassion, as they're observed pulling a thorn from an injured comrade. Included are wellpublicized stories, such as the gorilla that carried an injured child to safety, as well as the more obscure, like the German Shepherd that visited the grave of his deceased owner every day at the same hour. This sweet book also reflects human acts of kindness to animals. Edward Lear, author of The Owl and the Pussycat, built his new house as an exact replica of his old one to keep from traumatizing his beloved cat. Random Acts of Kindness by Animals proves that these are thinking creatures with real emotions - hardly news to animal lovers - and provides a window into the lives of some amazing critters!

Dog Boy

Author: Eva Hornung
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518754203
Category: Fiction
Page: 332
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Moskau: Ein vierjähriger Junge erwacht in einer kalten leeren Wohnung. Er wartet auf den Onkel, doch der kommt nicht nach Hause. Auch seine Mutter nicht, deren Ermahnungen er im Ohr hat. Der Junge hat Angst vor dem Onkel, der ihm verboten hat, sein Zimmer zu verlassen. Doch er ist hungrig, faßt Mut und verläßt die Wohnung. Der Junge, Romochka, ist allein. Es schneit, die Menschen beachten ihn nicht, nur ein Hund nähert sich ihm, aggressiv, dann neugierig. Romochka folgt dem Hund, und der Hund – die Hündin – gestattet ihm zu folgen. Hin zu ihrer Höhle in einem verlassenen Gebäude. Zu seiner neuen Familie. Romochkas Leben als Hund beginnt. „Dog Boy befasst sich intensiv mit der Frage, was das Menschsein ausmacht, wie wir zu Menschen werden und wie wir es schaffen, an unserer Menschlichkeit, wenn wir sie einmal besitzen, festzuhalten.“ Donna Leon

The Primates

Author: Sarel Eimerl,Irven DeVore
Publisher: Silver Burdett Press
Category: Primates
Page: 200
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Den Gorillas auf der Spur

Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783785553398
Category: Gorilla
Page: 94
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Dichter Nebel umgibt Anne und Philipp, als sie aus dem majgischen Baumhaus klettern. Sie sind im afrikanischen Regenwald gelandet! Dort entdecken die Geschwister eine Gorilla-Familie. Doch als sie mit den zutraulichen Tieren spielen, taucht plötzlich ein schwarzer Leopard auf. Können Anne und Philipp die Raubkatze vertreiben und die Gorilla-Kinder retten?

Kleiner Dodo, lass den Drachen fliegen!

Author: Serena Romanelli,Hans de Beer
Publisher: North South Books
ISBN: 9783314008252
Category: Bornean orangutan
Page: 24
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Bobo's uncle has warned him that humans are dangerous, but when Uncle Darwin gets sick and needs medicine, the young orangutan braves an encounter with a little boy.