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Gorillas In The Mist - 1,425 words
Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey is an excellent account of her thirteen years studying gorillas in the Virungas Mountains. Gorillas in the Mist shows the public that gorillas were not the evil monsters that we have come to think of them as. Through careful research Dain Fossey was able to bring an understanding to the eyes of the public about gorilla behavior, social structure, and the gorillas individualism. Dian Fossey started her research in September of 1963. Fosseys original goals were to meet the mountain gorillas of Mt. Mikeno in the Congo, as well as meet with Dr. Leaky. While her goal was to do a short-term study, but after meeting Dr. Leaky she was persuaded to undergo a long-t ...
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Human Evolution - 1,687 words
Human Evolution: the water theory. Elaine Morgan The crucial question about human evolution is why humans differ so strikingly from the African apesdespite their close genetic relationship. Most Darwinists would agree that such differences are usually attributable to differing environmental pressures; and hence that our ancestors at some stage probably occupied a significantly different habitat from the ancestor of the gorilla and the chimpanzee. For the last half-century it has been generally assumed that it was a much drier habitat. Alister Hardy's suggestion in 1960 that it might have been a much wetter one was intuitively and almost unanimously rejected. Primates were said to have an inn ...
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Ebola - 1,240 words
... freshly collected. A technique used to duplicate genetic material for study, called the polymerase chain reaction, is used to detect Ebola viral material in patient blood or tissues. When infection by the virus is suspected, local health officials institute strict barrier nursing procedures (such as the use of gowns, gloves, and masks) and usually call on experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Diseas The Ebola virus has been classified by the CDC as Biosafety Level 4, which requires the greatest safety precautions. To ensure maximum safety, virologists must work in special protective clothing, and their laboratories contain equipment that sterilizes air, and li ...
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Mountain Gors - 1,482 words
Mountain gorillas are the most endangered of the gorilla species. Approximately 600 or so remain. They are massive in size, with a short, thick trunk and broad chest and shoulders. Its eyes are very small in proportion to its other features. Older males develop longer heads, and are twice the size of females. The most severe threat to mountain gorillas is habitat loss. The fertile volcanic soil of the Virunga Mountains is as highly valued as farm land. Conservation programs have been set up in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo to lessen trespassing. However, it still poses a major problem. By nature, gorillas are very shy and easy going, and seek no trouble. The only exception to this is if the fami ...
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Minds Of Animals - 1,458 words
Certainly, there are many non-human animals that inhabit the almighty mother earth. The human race has always been interested in the behavior of other animals found in this diverse world. This report will definitely be a very insightful and interesting guide to those in search of understanding the capabilities of the animal mind. This informative document will discuss the question of animal self-awareness, the ability of animals to think and reason in various situations and most importantly give an in depth analysis about the conscious thinking of animals. Furthermore, references will be made to articles and books written by experts in the field of animal behavior so to provide valid informa ...
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What Makes A Primate - 828 words
What makes all primates the same? The primate order consists of a fairly vast number of species some of which I was able to see up close and personal at this classes recent field trip to the San Diego zoo. Indeed the species belonging to this mammalian order can exhibit almost shocking differences from one species to the next. So in an order of animals that contains differences that can be so vast what ties them all together. What exactly is it that makes a primate a primate? Perhaps providing a description of the various primates I was able to see at the zoo might help to shed some light on the subject. Among the primates there were about four species designated as lemurs. The Lemurs were a ...
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Outline For Primate Evolution - 467 words
I. Types of Primates A. New World monkey 1. Examples: Spider Monkeys, Golden Lion Tamarins, and Squirrel Monkeys. 2. Diet usually consists of fruit, insects, and other small animals 3. Very Diverse in size and ecology 4. Uses tail as a fifth limb to help climb 5. First modern anthropoids to evolve 6. Successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean 1. Either by rafting on floating Islands or by crossing bridges when sea level was low B. Old World Monkeys 1. Examples: Mandrills, Proboscis Monkeys, Grey Langurs and Baboons 2. Natives of Africa and Asia 3. They mostly live in Trees 4. They are mostly commonly known as cold weather monkeys. C. Apes 1. There are 5 genera of apes: Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Gi ...
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Congo: The Novel And The Movie - 616 words
Congo was an astounding bestseller novel. It was a great fictional novel that took place in the depths of the Congo rainforest. The novel was later made into a movie. Both the novel and the movie were good, however, I prefer the novel. It just seemed like a more entertaining piece than the movie. This movie was based much upon the novel, but had many alternatives and a completely different ending than the novel. The first difference between the novel and the movie was the press conference that was held on behalf of Amy the gorilla. In the novel, this press conference never took place. In the novel, the press conference was held to settle a legal debate on whether or not Peter Elliot was abus ...
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Evolution - 713 words
Like the biblical hero Adam, a single cell let part of it's body become another being, now one of a pair. Like the heroin Eve this duplicate created more of it's species. These multiplying cells joined together into a legacy long in running. The history of our evolution is dark, we fumble for answers yet still need more light to unlock the mysteries beneath. One must remember that when speaking of the theory of evolution one is not only referring to humans but to other species of the kingdom Animalia as well. Some of the most prominant evolutionary theories of all time can be found in Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species'. His conclusions linked homo sapiens skeletal systems to an ungodly cre ...
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Evolution - 1,673 words
... uilding blocks of the development of new species. The majority of mutations tend to create adverse traits, such as, albinism. Albinism is a mutation that contains mutant genes, which lack the ability to generate normal skin pigment. Animals and plants, which contain the albinism gene, are unable to survive and reproduce as much and as well as the animals and plants without the albinism gene. Thus stating, that organisms with a mutant gene, will be unable to survive and reproduce as well as the organisms without a mutant gene. On the contrary, many unfavorable genes are eliminated by natural selection because most of the organisms containing the unfavorable genes will die before they are ...
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Mountain Walking In The Andes - 1,081 words
ter> Assignment title: To write a first person narrative and description account of a holiday based on personal experience (give own title). Dear Pinyot, I couldnt believe that I won the competition! And I was given a chance to travel to any of the destinations they mentioned as tracking rare mountain for gorillas in Uganda, bush walking with guides in Kenya and there were so much more but I chose to travel to the Andes on a major treks with expert guides who will just be following behind you and will seek if you need any help (just in case you are lost or thirsty/ hungry). Major treks are where you go mountain walking for six to eight hours in a day. I chose to go to mountain walking becau ...
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Bonobo Chimpanzee - 1st Person Essay - 1,153 words
ter> A Day in the Life of a Bonobo Chimp Before I show you the first page in my daily journal I must first give you some insight about my kind, the pygmy chimps, or bonobos, as I prefer to be called. I prefer to be called a bonobo rather than a pygmy chimp, because my kind are not chimpanzees, we are practically humans, 99.6% genetically the same to be exact. So please do not refer to me as a pygmy chimp. Were as far from chimps, as chimps are from gorillas. Here is the lowdown on my fellow bonobos and I. Males and females look just about the same, except for the obvious, which will be talked about much more later in my story. My kind has black hair covering their entire body, excluding fac ...
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Gender Inequality - 1,251 words
The question on how gender inequality shapes peoples' life chances is one that has been echoing widely through minds of modern society in the recent decades. Historically sociologists have suggested, amongst various other reasons, that biological differences between men and women constitute as one of the main reasons for males having better job opportunities. Thus males were always branded the breadwinners of the family whilst a female's place was at home (Joanne Naiman 1997: 250-51). However, during the latter half of the 20th century these views began to slowly change but still stained with the ideologies from the past they still exist at the brink of the 21st century. Nevertheless, this i ...
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Exactly Why My Life Sucks - 1,782 words
Exactly Why My Life Sucks How can I described the feelings that are welling up inside? How do I control the temper tantrum that is, my little brother? How do I show my parents that I really do care about their feelings? My name is Rosalind Marie Claire. I have two brothers, one older and one younger, and two sisters, also one older and one younger. Which makes me stuck smack-dab in the middle, and let me tell you what if you were a middle child growing up in a house with only two bathrooms one of which us kids can't go into because that's our parents master bathroom, it sucks. My oldest sister, Jamie, is the star athlete of the Claire family. If there is a try out date for one sport or anoth ...
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Congo - 300 words
Title: Congo Publisher: Ballantine Books City of Publication: New York Year of Publication: 1993 Number of Pages: 313 Type of Literature: Science Fiction This story takes place on June of 1979 in the African Congo. The main characters of this book are Dr. Karen Ross, supervisor of Earth Resources Technology Services, Dr. Peter Elliot, a zoologist who trained a gorilla named Amy how to speak using sign language. Another main character is Charles Munro, whom leads the troop through the Congo. This book recounts the thirteen days of the last expedition to the Congo. The book is about a group of people who went to the African Congo to find a type of diamond, which was called by the name of IIB b ...
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Criticizing The Argument: Peter Singer, Rich And Poor - 1,045 words
The philosopher Peter Singer, in his paper Rich and Poor, gives the following argument: If we can prevent something bad from happening without sacrificing anything of comparable moral significance, we ought to do it. Absolute poverty is bad. There is some absolute poverty we can prevent without sacrificing anything of comparable moral significance. Conclusion: We ought to prevent some absolute poverty. (Singer, Rich and Poor) In this research we are going to criticize this argument and also offer justifications for the critiques. This would be very difficult and challanging task to prevent the Absolute powerty according to the author. Consequently this will bring more satisfaction and feelin ...
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