NatGeo's Jane Goodall retrospective

National Geographic's feature "Being Jane Goodall," includes an unprecedented gallery: every image of Goodall that has ever appeared in NatGeo; 50 years' worth of Goodall portraits.

When she started out studying chimpanzees in Tanganyika, Jane Goodall didn't have a graduate degree in animal behavior. She didn't even have an undergraduate degree: she'd just graduated from secretarial school. But in her first few weeks of observing the chimps, she "she made three observations that rattled the comfortable wisdoms of physical anthropology: meat eating by chimps (who had been presumed vegetarian), tool use by chimps (in the form of plant stems probed into termite mounds), and toolmaking (stripping leaves from stems), supposedly a unique trait of human premeditation. Each of those discoveries further narrowed the perceived gap of intelligence and culture between Homo sapiens and Pan troglodytes.

Being Jane Goodall

(Thanks, Marilyn!)

(Image: Emile Van Zinnicq Bergmann-Riss/Nat Geo)