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Next of kin : what chimpanzees have taught me about who we are

Author: Roger Fouts; Stephen Tukel Mills
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Roger Fouts fulfilled humankind's age-old dream of talking to animals by pioneering communication with chimpanzees through sign language. His decades of groundbreaking work with these amazing animals - who share more than 98 percent of our DNA - made scientific history as their unprecedented dialogues opened a window into chimpanzee consciousness and the origins of human language and intelligence. Now, in Next of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fouts, Roger.
Next of kin.
New York : William Morrow, c1997
(OCoLC)605096000
Named Person: Roger Fouts; Washoe; Roger Fouts
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Fouts; Stephen Tukel Mills
ISBN: 068814862X 9780688148621
OCLC Number: 36739631
Notes: "A living planet book."
Description: xi, 420 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A tale of two chimps --
Baby in the family --
Out of Africa --
Signs of intelligent life --
But is it language? --
The island of Dr. Lemmon --
House calls --
Autism and the origins of language --
A death in the family --
Like mother, like son --
And two more makes five --
Something to talk about --
Monkey business --
Home at last --
Back to Africa.
Responsibility: Roger Fouts with Stephen Tukel Mills ; introduction by Jane Goodall.

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Roger Fouts fulfilled humankind's age-old dream of talking to animals by pioneering communication with chimpanzees through sign language. His decades of groundbreaking work with these amazing animals - who share more than 98 percent of our DNA - made scientific history as their unprecedented dialogues opened a window into chimpanzee consciousness and the origins of human language and intelligence. Now, in Next of Kin, Fouts tells the dramatic story of his personal and professional odyssey from novice researcher to celebrity scientist to impassioned crusader for the rights of animals. At the heart of this captivating book is Fouts's magical thirty-year friendship with Washoe, whom we watch grow from a mischievous baby chimp fresh out of the NASA space program into the matriarch of a clan of chimpanzees who fill these pages with tales of humor and heartbreak, pathos and love. Living and conversing with these sensitive creatures has given Fouts a profound appreciation of how much we share with our closest biological relatives, and what they can teach us about ourselves. Fouts also describes the crisis of conscience he faced when he discovered that hundreds of chimpanzees were being subjected to perilous biomedical experimentation in laboratories across America. At significant risk to his own career, he became an outspoken advocate for improved conditions for animals in research labs, and devoted himself to rescuing this lost generation of chimpanzees.

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What separates humans from apes? Less than you'd think.

by spongebob87 (WorldCat user published 2007-06-05) Excellent Permalink
Roger Fouts tells the story of the chimpanzee Washoe, one of the first apes to be taught American Sign Language. Eventually Washoe's son Loulis also learned ASL, just from watching his mother sign. This fascinating book sheds light on the surprising similarities between humans and chimpanzees.
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