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Making Strides Outside: Women Naturalists


The Watcher is a biography of the primatologist Jane Goodall. A primatologist is a scientist who studies primates. Primates are mammals. Examples of primates are monkeys, gorillas, and humans. Typical features of primates are color vision, opposable thumbs, and forward-facing eyes. Jane Goodall makes it her life's work to study gorillas. Reading about her you come to understand how much of her time she spends quietly watching. She learns a lot through careful, patient observation. Listed below are other women like Jane who have devoted their lives to the study of nature or the outdoors.

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