Son of a Silverback

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Son of a Silverback

Son of a Silverback

  • Author: Russell Kane
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473554160
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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From one of Britain’s most popular and prolific comedians comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life lived under the rule of a Silverback dad. The Silverback is considered the undisputed king, a creature whose authority is never challenged and who does not yield to compromise. He walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. The Silverback is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male, Russell Kane. This is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means.

The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans

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The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans

The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans

Comparative Perspectives

  • Author: Sue Taylor Parker,Robert W. Mitchell,H. Lyn Miles
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9781139429290
  • Category: Science
  • Page: N.A
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Research on the mental abilities of chimpanzees and bonobos has been widely celebrated and used in reconstructions of human evolution. In contrast, less attention has been paid to the abilities of gorillas and orangutans. This 1999 volume aims to help complete the picture of hominoid cognition by bringing together the work on gorillas and orangutans and setting it in comparative perspective. The introductory chapters set the evolutionary context for comparing cognition in gorillas and orangutans to that of chimpanzees, bonobos and humans. The remaining chapters focus primarily on the kinds and levels of intelligence displayed by orangutans and gorillas compared to other great apes, including performances in the classic domains of tool use and tool making, imitation, self-awareness, social communication and symbol use. All those wanting more information on the mental abilities of these sometimes neglected, but important primates will find this book a treasure trove.

Gorillas in the Mist

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Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

  • Author: Dian Fossey
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780618083602
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 326
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One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, GORILLAS IN THE MIST is the riveting account of Dian Fossey's thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest of the great apes. Fossey's extraordinary efforts to ensure the future of the rain forest and its remaining mountain gorillas are captured in her own words and in candid photographs of this fascinating endangered species. As only she could, Fossey combined her personal adventure story with groundbreaking scientific reporting in an unforgettable portrait of one of our closest primate relatives. Although Fossey's work ended tragically in her murder, GORILLAS IN THE MIST remains an invaluable testament to one of the longest-running field studies of primates and reveals her undying passion for her subject.

Tracking Bubu

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Tracking Bubu

Tracking Bubu

Or, How Threats of Disinheritance Caused Me to Set Off for the Jungle in Search of Happiness, Gorillas and Perhaps a Husband

  • Author: Catja Orford
  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • ISBN: 9781770092389
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 173
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A compilation of journal entries and e-mails written over a 15-month period while in the jungles of Africa, this collection tells the author’s story of tracking gorillas—called BuBu by the BaKa pygmies of the region. Often hilarious and deeply personal, the author’s e-mails describe the hot, sweaty days spent in the forest running away from Jonathan the forest elephant, attempting to catch a glimpse of the elusive BuBu, and trying to remain ladylike through it all.

The Safari Companion

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The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion

A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates

  • Author: Richard D. Estes
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603581855
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 459
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Since its original publication in 1993, The Safari Companion has been the best field guide to observing and understanding the behavior of African mammals. An indispensable tool for naturalists traveling to Africa, this new edition has been revised to acknowledge the enthusiasm to those watching these magnificent animals at zoos and wildlife parks, and on film. The Safari Companion enables readers to recognize and interpret visible behavioral activities, such as courtship rituals, territorial marking, aggression, and care of young. Each account of over 80 species includes a behavioral table in which the unique actions of the hoofed mammals, carnivores, and primates are described for easy reference. In addition, useful maps show the major national boundaries, vegetation zones, and game parks relevant to the guide. The book includes an extensive glossary, as well as tips on wildlife photography, a list of organizations working to protect African wildlife, and advice on where and when to see the animals.

The Character of Human Institutions

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The Character of Human Institutions

The Character of Human Institutions

Robin Fox and the Rise of Biosocial Science

  • Author: Michael Egan
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412854288
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 395
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This volume celebrates the life and work of Robin Fox and the idea of a biosocial science. From his early studies of kinship, primates, the brain, evolution, the incest taboo, and aggression, to his later work on literature, politics, civilization, law, the Bible, Shakespeare, and the history of ideas, Robin Fox inspired many with an evolutionary vision of humanity that goes beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries and embraces the "universal history of mankind." Fox’s work represents an independent "biosocial science" stream of thinking that accepts the Darwinian mandate while avoiding reductionism by recognizing culture as a natural phenomenon. The essays cover Fox’s life and his contributions, and address topics as diverse as the meaning and function of laughter; the unforgiving discipline of writing popular anthropology; extreme drinking rituals among young men training for the British army; Darwin and close-cousin marriage; the universal essence of the epic form as a super-attractor; anthropologists’ autobiographies; the conflict between science and anti-science; and the decline of British imperial education. This engaging collection on a "mainstream maverick" has been edited by Michael Egan. It includes essays by Sir Antony Jay, Lionel Tiger, Howard Bloom, Michael McGuire, Kate Fox, Melvin Konner, Alan Macfarlane, Adam Kuper, Dieter Steklis, Alexandra Maryanski, Bernard Chapais, Jonathan Turner, Linda Stone, Charles Macdonald, Anne Fox, David Jenkins, Frederick Turner, Robert Trivers, and an essay by Robin Fox himself.

Pink Boots and a Machete

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Pink Boots and a Machete

Pink Boots and a Machete

My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer

  • Author: Mireya Mayor
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 1426207425
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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A quick examination of her roots, and one may never have guessed that Mireya Mayor would become the woman she is today. Yet, against all odds, this self-professed former "girly girl" daughter of overprotective Cuban immigrants blossomed from NFL cheerleader to Fulbright Scholar to field scientist and ultimately, quintessential adventurer. Now, with more than a decade's worth of thrilling exploits under her belt, Mayor recounts her life in a riveting, awe-inspiring new book. In a series of short chapters, she relives each exhilarating event with uncanny charm and self-deprecating humor. Readers have the rare opportunity to follow the renowned primatologist around the globe as she unlocks the mysteries of the natural world and endeavors to save some of the planet's rarest creatures. Says Mayor: "I love the adventure, the exploration, the scientific discovery and the documentation. But really what drives me is the thought that future generations—my own children and their children—can one day learn to appreciate them like I do." Throughout this unforgettable volume, she describes in stunning detail how she survived a plane crash...slept in jungles teeming with poisonous snakes...dove with hungry great white sharks...rappelled down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs...draws blood from critically endangered lemurs...was charged by an angry silver-backed gorilla...was chased by elephants...and the list goes. Suffice it to say, Mireya Mayor has seen more in her 30-odd years than most of us will see in a lifetime. Her plucky spirit, brilliance in the face of calamity, and sheer will to succeed make this a classic mission book, and a thoroughly breathtaking read.

Planet of the Apes and Philosophy

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Planet of the Apes and Philosophy

Planet of the Apes and Philosophy

Great Apes Think Alike

  • Author: John Huss
  • Publisher: Open Court
  • ISBN: 0812698274
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 288
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What makes humans different from other animals, what humans are entitled to do to other species, whether time travel is possible, what limits should be placed on science and technology, the morality and practicality of genetic engineering—these are just some of the philosophical problems raised by Planet of the Apes. Planet of the Apes and Philosophy looks at all the deeper issues involved in the Planet of the Apes stories. It covers the entire franchise, from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel Monkey Planet to the successful 2012 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The chapters reflect diverse points of view, philosophical, religious, and scientific. The ethical relations of humans with animals are explored in several chapters, with entertaining and incisive observations on animal intelligence, animal rights, and human-animal interaction. Genetic engineering is changing humans, animals, and plants, raising new questions about the morality of such interventions. The scientific recognition that humans and chimps share 99 percent of their genes makes a future in which non-human animals acquire greater importance a distinct possibility. Planet of the Apes is the most resonant of all scientific apocalypse myths.

Apes and Human Evolution

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Apes and Human Evolution

Apes and Human Evolution

  • Author: Russell H. Tuttle
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674073169
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 1056
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Russell Tuttle synthesizes a vast literature in primate evolution and behavior to explain how apes and humans evolved in relation to one another and why humans became a bipedal, tool-making, culture-inventing species distinct from other hominoids. He refutes the theory that we are sophisticated, instinctively aggressive and destructive killer apes.

NIrV, The Holy Bible for ESL Readers, eBook

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NIrV, The Holy Bible for ESL Readers, eBook

NIrV, The Holy Bible for ESL Readers, eBook

  • Author: Zonderkidz,
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • ISBN: 0310729858
  • Category: Bibles
  • Page: 1024
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This Bible is perfect for ESL readers. The New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) is a true translation of the entire Bible that was adapted with care from the bestselling New International Version (NIV). The NIrV is written at a third grade reading level and uses short sentences and simple words. This Bible is perfect for those learning to read English. Features include: • The complete New International Reader’s Version • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving • Bible dictionary to help with unfamiliar words • “Three Ways to Read the Bible” – Explains how to read the Bible by story, subject, or person • “About the Bible” – Describes how the Bible was written and how it came to us • “Life in New Testament Times” – Describes what life was like when Jesus was on earth • “The ABCs of Salvation” – Helps explain the way of salvation