Jane Goodall was one of three women that the famed anthropologist Louis Leakey sponsored to study primates in the wild.  Raised by missionaries in a Kenyan village, Leaky was fascinated by the connections between man and animal. Leakey made several discoveries in the study of human evolution. He sent Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas into the wilds of Africa and Indonesia to learn about primates in their natural habitat and gain incite into what our own pre humans ancestors might have been like.

While Goodall studied chimpanzees, Fossey observed gorillas and Galdikas investigated  orangutans - all at a time when field work was seen as a job only for men.  Their discoveries changed the way the world saw not only women but also our closest animal relations.

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