Almost Human by Shirley C. Strum
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Almost Human
By Shirley C. Strum

Almost Human

A Journey into the World of Baboons New edition

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Almost Human by Shirley C. Strum

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In 1972, a young graduate student named Shirley Strum traveled to Kenya to study a troop of olive baboons "(Papio anubis)" nicknamed the Pumphouse Gang. Like our own ancestors, baboons had adapted to life on the African savannah, and Strum hoped that by observing baboon behavior, she could learn something about how early humans might have lived. Soon the baboons had won her heart as well as her mind, and Strum has been working with them ever since. Vividly written and filled with fascinating insights, "Almost Human" chronicles the first fifteen years of Strum's fieldwork with the Pumphouse Gang. From the first paragraph, the reader is drawn along with Strum into the world of the baboons, learning about the tragedies and triumphs of their daily lives and the lives of the scientists studying them. This edition includes a new introduction and epilogue that place Strum's research in the context of the current global conservation crisis and tell us what has happened to the Pumphouse Gang since the book was first published."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226777566
ISBN-10: 0226777561
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Pages: 334
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Primate Encounters by Shirley C. Strum Primate Encounters, Paperback (November 2002)

How have our conceptions of primate behaviour and society changed since primatology came into its own after World War II? This work studies this question, and reflects on primatology and science in general, and on the relations of both to broader cultural, historical and social issues.

Almost Human by Shirley C. Strum Almost Human, Paperback (March 1991)

"An entertaining and readable account of what life is like, not only for baboons, but those who watch them...Fascinating and compelling reading." -New York Times

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Author Biography - Shirley C. Strum

Shirley C. Strum is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She is coeditor of "The New Physical Anthropology," "Natural Connections: Perspectives in Community-Based Conservation," and "Primate Encounters: Models of Science, Gender, and Society," the last published by the University of Chicago Press. Strum has studied olive baboons in Kenya since 1972 and is director of the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project.

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