Jane is a National Geographic documentary film about Jane Goodall, the legendary Primatologist. Goodall was first employed by Louis Leakey as a secretary, but 1962 he sent her to Gombe National Park in what is now Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Thinking this study could tell us about early man, Leakey deliberately chose this untrained young woman who wouldn’t have pre-conceived notions. At the time, almost nothing was know about wild chimpanzees! Goodall’s research was ground-breaking, and changed the way we humans see ourselves. Before, we thought that only humans used tools. And we thought that only humans went to war. We were in for a surprise! This beautiful film features a score by Phillip Glass, and is now out on DVD. View the trailer here .
btw, if you’re concerned about human uniqueness, remember that only humans borrow tools.