Posts Tagged ‘Lucy’

“Now we must redefine ‘tool’, redefine ‘man’, or accept chimpanzees as humans.”

September 18, 2010

That’s what paleontologist Louis Leakey wrote about his protege Jane Goodall’s 1963 observation that chimpanzees make and use tools, previously thought to be the sole dominion of man. How cool is that!

I’m reading “Jane: Fifty Years at Gombe” by David Quammen in the October 2010 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. I highly recommend it. I knew Jane was out there studying chimps, but I didn’t know much about her or her work.

I think it’s so exciting that we can observe creation and discover that we had been thinking about things the wrong way! Don’t you?

What a challenge, to have eyes that see and ears that hear!

Awesome.

And it reminds me of another interesting book I read this summer about a woman who studied bonobos in the Congo and her adopted daughter, “Lucy” by Laurence Gonzales. You should read that one, too.