What separates us from Chimpanzees

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Matthew Babela

Professor Bruce Rowe

Anthropology 101

27 February 2014

What Separates us from Chimpanzees

In this TED talk, Jane Goodall sheds light on what separates us from apes but also what is similar about humans and apes; she is using these as examples of why we should learn from apes and the way they are. Jane Goodall is an outstanding speaker, you could definitely tell that she is talking about something she is passionate about, rather than just something she has a lot of knowledge of, even if you knew nothing about Jane Goodall (if you did, you would know that she is absolutely passionate about apes). She starts off by saying how she is happy to be doing this talk and then gets right into what she was doing in the rainforests in Ecuador with indigenous people who are trying to keep oil companies and roads from coming into the rainforests, which foreshadows what she is going to talk about later on in her speech.

She then says, "Too often we just see a few slides, or a bit of film, but these beings have voices that mean something. And so, I want to give you a greeting, as from a chimpanzee in the forests of Tanzania -- Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh!"(Goodall 3:17). I thought that was very engaging, because I always find it interesting when people talk about the way animals communicate with each other. They are languages that humans will never be able to speak or at least fully speak or understand. She then states that she has been studying chimpanzees since the 1960's and that since then there have been modern technologies that have transformed how field biologists do their work and there...