In this charming animated interview from the PBS Series Blank on Blank, Jane Goodall discusses her early dreams of studying animals in the wild, and how meeting Louis Leakey in Kenya made it possible for her to start her pioneering chimpanzee research.
Our understanding of human evolution has grown exponentially since Darwin's time. This week marks the 206th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, so we're sharing a Darwin-related Leakey Foundation lecture from our archives. In this lecture, recorded in 2009 at the Field Museum in Chicago, Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University discusses the evolution and dysevolution of humans 150 years after On the Origin of Species.
If you missed Laurie Santos' SciCafe presentation at the American Museum of Natural History, we have a video of her presentation.
Jane Goodall, arguably the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and one-third of the famous "Trimates" (A.K.A. "Leakey's Angels"), will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 3rd.
With the help of Louis Leakey, Goodall began her study of chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960. By 1967, she had established the Gombe Stream Research Center (GSRC). Now in its 47th year, observations of wild chimps in their natural habitat are still ongoing at GSRC today.
Gombe Stream is not only important because of Goodall's initial long-term research findings, which are still valuable to primatologists today, but also because it's the longest running field study of any animal species in its natural surroundings. This impressive span of time has allowed scientists to follow family lineages over many generations. In addition, they have had the opportunity to collect data on other fascinating behavior such as hunting, chimpanzee culture and relationships.
This short film by Biography.com discusses Goodall's introduction to Louis Leakey and to primate studies.