Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jane Goodall and her chimps

Jane Goodall brings Lara Logan and "60 Minutes" cameras back to the forests of Tanzania, where she began her love affair with chimpanzees 50 years ago, to remind the public that chimps are endangered.

Humans share more than 98 percent of the same DNA with chimpanzees, which is probably why there has always been a fascination with them. What we know of them is mostly because of one woman, whose name has become synonymous with chimps: Jane Goodall.

She was launched to fame by National Geographic, whose stories about her life in an African forest with chimpanzees made her an iconic figure.

Goodall was the first to discover that wild chimpanzees were capable of making and using tools, a revelation that turned the scientific world upside down by challenging the convention that tool making was what made humans unique.

Fifty years later, Goodall considers her role now to be more important than ever - which is why "60 Minutes" and correspondent Lara Logan wanted to go back with her to Africa.

Jane and her Chimps

If you missed the segment on 60 minutes there are a couple of the videos here for you to look at. There are more items on the 60 minutes website including some web extras, so be sure to visit and learn more about Jane and her chimps.

Comparing raising a son to raising chimps
CBS News 60 Minutes,"Jane Goodall and her chimps", accessed October 25, 2010

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