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The great apes
Lindsey, Jennifer, 1965-
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New York : Metro Books, [1999]

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144 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 33 cm
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QL737.P96 L58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Hauntingly human-like in both appearance and behavior, the great apes have long fascinated anthropologists and laypeople alike. With their remarkable abilities to communicate, complex societies, and intricate family relationships, it is not surprising that some of these species share with us more than 98 percent of our DNA. This lavishly illustrated natural history explores the inner lives of the great apes, forging a new understanding of our closest living relatives.

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Booklist Review

An overview of the four species of great apes is provided in this new look at our closest relatives. Lindsey is director of communications for the Jane Goodall Institute (Goodall contributes the foreword to this book), and as such has her finger on the pulse of the current status of great apes in the wild. The book treats the apes as a group, with chapters on social behavior and intelligence that compare and contrast the four species--gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans. The chapters on the care and raising of infant apes are particularly interesting, as they point out the differences in the social structure of the adults and how this affects child rearing. Scattered throughout the text are boxed mini-biographies of famous primate researchers and well-known apes--a nice comment on how closely related we really are! The photographs illustrating the book are of coffee-table quality and help recommend a work that is a bargain at the price. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Lindsey, director of communications for the Jane Goodall Institute, presents the latest information about the great apes. Opening with a historical introduction to the apes, she then documents infant growth and development, the use of play, social structure, and intelligence and language among the different species. She sums up with the need to protect our closest relatives, now threatened by hunting, the pet trade, and shrinking habitats. Throughout the book are short biographies of such well-known primate researchers as Jane Goodall (chimpanzees), Dian Fossey (gorillas), Birute Galdikas (orangutans), and Frans de Waal (bonobos), as well as of famous apes like Kanzi (a bonobo in communication studies), Flo (a chimpanzee in Goodall's studies) and Ham (a chimpanzee in the space program). The most striking feature is the use of spectacular color photographs of apes in natural settings. Filled with interesting and accurate information and written on a level accessible to all, this book is highly recommended for all natural history collections.ÄRaymond Hamel, Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Ctr. Lib., Madison (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.