Jane Goodall is a Britishscientist who has spent herlife finding out howchimpanzees and apes survivein the wild.As Goodall studies apes andchimpanzees, she is called aprimatologist – ‘primas’ is thelatin for first. Monkeys,chimpanzees and apes are allcalled ‘primates’ asevolutionary theory suggeststhat monkeys are the ’first’step in human evolution.
In July 1960, at the age of 26,Jane Goodall traveled fromEngland to what is todayTanzania and bravely enteredthe little-known world of wildchimpanzees. She wasequipped with nothing morethan a notebook and a pair ofbinoculars.She managed to become amember of a chimpanzeefamily or ‘troop’ by being kind,and respectful of the ways ofthe chimpanzee.
During her research, Janediscovered three very importantthings:• Chimpanzees could make tools for grooming and scavenging from twigs.• Chimpanzees communicated feelings through hugs, kisses, slaps and punches.• Chimpanzees worked as a group to solve problems.These findings were amazing toscientists as they believed thatonly humans could act like thi.
Space Facts• Footprints and tyre tracks left behind by astronauts on the moon will stay there forever as there is no wind to blow them away.• Jupiters 4 biggest moons are named Europa, Ganymede, Callisto and Io.• Halley’s Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986, it will be visible again from Earth sometime in 2061 (get your camera ready).• Because of lower gravity, a person who weighs 100kg on earth would only weigh 38kg on the surface of Mars.• The first man made object sent into space was in 1957 when the Russian satellite named Sputnik was launched.• The first animal in space was a Russian dog named Laika.
Science Picture of the Day
Say hello to the ‘Deepsea Challenger’!On March 26th 2012, James Cameron (the man whodirected Titanic) navigated this submarine down tothe bottom of the Marianas Trench, the deepestplace on Earth hidden under a huge volume of water.This had not been done since 1960.It took Cameron over 70 minutes to travel the 7miles down to the bottom of Earth to take videosand to collect scientific data of the plant and animallife that live in this deep and dark place.