The New York Times, April 27, 2018
Nine years later, Erin Wessling can still remember the first time she visited Fongoli, a savanna in southeast Senegal.
“You feel like you walk into an oven,” she said.
Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more. During every dry season, brush fires sweep across the parched landscape, leaving behind leafless trees and baked, orange soil.
“It’s really nuts,” said Ms. Wessling, now a graduate student at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Yet Ms. Wessling and her colleagues keep coming back to Fongoli, despite the harsh conditions. That’s because it’s home to some remarkable residents: chimpanzees.
Continue reading “Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat”