Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Fossey, Dian

Primatologist who studied primates in their natural habitat. Encouraged by Louis Leakey, Fossey habituated the Parc des Virungas mountain gorillas at Karisoke in Rwanda, observing and reporting instances of female troop transfer and infanticide by adult males in polygynous family groups. Fossey was murdered, perhaps because of her outspoken criticism of poaching, by a person or persons who have never been identified.

See R. A. Hinde.

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