By Desmond Morris

Peoplewatching is the end result of a profession of staring at humans - their behaviour and conduct, their personalities and their quirks. Desmond Morris exhibits us how humans, consciously and unconsciously, sign their attitudes, wishes and innermost emotions with their our bodies and activities, frequently extra powerfully than with their phrases.

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For this reason, he emphasizes that his data on ranging patterns and territorial behavior of chimpanzees are, 'equivocal', 'weak' and too few (Ghiglieri 1979:259, 271). Although they sometimes supplied bait food to the wild chimpanzees, early studies by Japanese scientists prior to 1968 - such as those by Azuma and Toyoshima (1962), Kawabe (1966), Itani and Suzuki (1967) and Nishida (1968,1970) - are, in the terms used in this volume, also naturalistic studies. Any artificial feeding was short term, not very successful (not accepted by the apes), and access to the bait was not withheld by the humans, so the feeding in itself seems unlikely to have had a significant effect on the behavior of the chimpanzees.

The functional approach A main interest of social anthropology is the classification and functional analysis of social structures and social systems. To the anthropologist, the traditional functional position is that societies should be viewed as systems having definite structure and organization, within which all major social patterns are interrelated and operate to maintain the integration or adaptation of the larger social system. The assumption is that social patterns can be explained by the effects of the pattern and that the consequences must be beneficial and necessary to the proper functioning of the system (Cancian 1968).

Those chimpanzee groups inhabiting Gombe National Park which have been artificially fed since 1963 are categorized as being wild chimpanzees studied by naturalistic methods up to 1965, when a restrictive human-controlled feeding method was introduced. Studies of these animals done prior to that date are designated early studies. After 1965, these same apes are defined as being provisioned chimpanzees, and the studies are designated recent or provisioning studies. Similarly, the early studies of the two habituated groups (M and K) Methods 13 in Mahale National Park are of wild apes studied by naturalistic methods to 1968, when, there too, a new feeding method was introduced that entailed human control over access of the chimpanzees to present but withheld bait food.

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