ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Monkeys in the Back Garden

Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1705-1706
DOI: 10.1126/science.1057629

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Love of wild nature appears in many human cultures, and may even be a human instinct. In her essay, Jolly asks if future human species will share that love, as after the current mass extinction it may take at least 5 million years to recover our present level of biodiversity. The effort to save what we have, in particular our primate relatives the monkeys and great apes, crucially involves scientists in countries where wild primates live.

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