AMES, Iowa -- Jill Pruetz, an Iowa State University associate
professor of anthropology, has observed and documented
chimpanzees in Senegal carrying out human-like behaviors that
have surprised primate experts. Pruetz and her research from
the Fongoli site are now being featured in a new documentary,
"Chimps: Next of Kin,"
on the National Geographic
Channel this month. The show airs again on Friday, April 9, at
5 p.m. CDT.
Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2008,
Pruetz is continuing her research on the savanna chimpanzees
in Fongoli this semester and summer. Among her projects, she
is spending two nights a week with the chimps to observe
their nocturnal behaviors.