When Jane Goodall and her peers Dian Fossey and Birutė Galdikas began their longitudinal studies of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, respectively, they began more than one revolution in the biological sciences. By patiently integrating herself into the community she was studying, Jane pioneered a methodology of observation and allowed a new understanding of what it means to be human and proved that women could be successful as scientists in a world previously dominated by men.


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The Life of Jane Goodall: A Timeline
Growing Up: Jane Goodall’s Mission Starts Early
Louis Leakey and the ‘Trimates’
Getting Started at Gombe
The Gombe Community
A Family of Her Own
A Lifelong Mission
Women in the Biological Sciences Today
Jane Goodall, in Her Own Words
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