At an age of no more than four, I received a gift of plastic animals that would become the defining playthings of my childhood. They came in clear, flimsy boxes, outfitted with colorful nylon handles, and were sold according to … Continue reading Taxonomy, for kids
Readers, be forewarned: this blog considers a topic of somewhat graphic depiction. It is a part of our daily lives, although many prefer to ignore this fact in favor of a more modest self-portrayal. After spending a few moments on … Continue reading Bathroom Humor
What makes humans unique? Recent findings from a population of wild bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil tell us that it certainly isn’t tool use. At Serra da Capivara National Park, capuchins regularly select quartzite cobbles to deliberately break against firmly … Continue reading Monkeys redefine “human” technology
What is a CV? A curriculum vitae (CV) is an academic resume that includes a written summary of a person’s education, professional experiences and other qualifications. The CV is a crucial component to graduate school applications. A CV should always include the … Continue reading How to write a CV!
I sat beneath the cover of low-hanging vines, sharing the shade with an adult male and his mother. Fifty some years had weighed upon the ancient woman; the top of her scalp was missing most of its hair, and she had … Continue reading Beneath the Vines
Merriam-Webster’s definitions for the word family (\ˈfam-lē) hardly suffice as accurate descriptors for the G’s, Kakombe Valley’s chimpanzees-in-residence and arguably the most dominant matriline in Gombe history. They are, of course, a group of related individuals, but an important narrative … Continue reading Long Live the Queen
Sampson’s knees are tucked into his chest. Beneath muscular legs, nimble toes wrap around a branch no more than four inches in diameter. Several feet away, Ferdinand rests with a leg outstretched, drawing lazy circles through his bushy hair. The … Continue reading Risky Business