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Outlook Weekend: Lessons from Apes

Primatologist Jane Goodall copied mothering techniques from the wild chimps she studied. Dawn Prince-Hughes has Asperger's and says gorillas in the zoo taught her to be human.

The famous primatologist Jane Goodall went to live with chimpanzees in Tanzania and made a discovery that inspired a new way of thinking about apes and about ourselves. For a while the American primatologist Dawn Prince-Hughes was a dancer in a peep show and spent her earnings on going to the zoo. In her thirties Dawn was diagnosed with a form of autism and through observing gorillas, she learned the social rules of human behaviour.

Image: A chimpanzee
Credit: Mark R Higgins/GettyImages

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Christmas Day 2017 01:32GMT

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