Sunday, January 9, 2011

Opposite Of Tarzan

This American Life: "Act Two. Opposite Of Tarzan"

"Lucy was a chimpanzee raised in captivity, who adopted a surprising number of human traits. But this proved problematic—in quite unexpected ways—when her adoptive human parents decided that Lucy should be released in the wild. This story comes from WNYC's Radiolab, which is distributed by NPR. Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich tell the story. (29 minutes.)"

This is a fascinating story of primate research that illustrates both the great similarities and the great differences between humans and chimpanzees. It also illustrates the possibility for unintended consequences when conducting primate research.

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