A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons

By | June 18, 2019
A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons Author Robert M. Sapolsky
ISBN-10 0743202414
ISBN-13 9780743202411
Year 2002-03-12
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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In the tradition of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey Robert Sapolsky a foremost science writer and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant tells the mesmerizing story of his twenty one years in remote Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up instead I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientists coming of age in remote Africa An exhilarating account of Sapolskys twenty one year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya A Primates Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengetifor man and beast alike Over two decades Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities gunpoint encounters and a surreal kidnapping while witnessing the encroachment of the tourist mentality on the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa As he conducts unprecedented physiological research on wild primates he becomes evermore enamored of his subjectsunique and compelling characters in their own rightand he returns to them summer after summer until tragedy finally prevents him By turns hilarious and poignant A Primates Memoir is a magnum opus from one of our foremost science writers

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