Primatologist Jane Goodall

Karl Ammann / CORBIS

Through sheer doggedness, Goodall was able to make the usually timid chimps comfortable with her presence, and it was only then that they began to give up their secrets. Goodall turned the notion of chimps as base, violent creatures on its head. Not only were they capable of gentleness to her and one another, but they also lived in complex, layered social systems.

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