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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 35

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The Palm Beach Post-Times SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1976 ::-:-y::-::'v'"::':::::r'y:-v:: . v. 9M. . m$ iv:? r- She Researches Chimp's Habits To Know Man's Candidate for Ph.D. Discovers Handy Data ' ' 1 . " " " ' - . " - ,".. r ' 1 . , y ... n'- j - ( r ST : t; ;t ; ; fn.' v r-V'fi, ; By BOB MICHALS Post Stiff Wrlttr theory holds: "Freed hands could then make tools, which would then Most people couldn't care less lead to the necessity of learning how whether chimpanzees prefer peeling to communicate their use. Until now, virtually all the re their bananas right or left-handed. search done by other scientists has But Linda Marchant thinks this in formation could provide one of the Deen concentrated in the area of missing links to the origins of man communicative skills, rather than what leads up to them. A Ph.D. candidate from the An Most scientists will concur that thropology Department of Rutgers University, the researcher estimates the Great Apes rank just below man it will take two years to complete on the intelligence scale, and chim- 4ii her studies on a specific colony of panzees which Jane Goodall chimpanzees housed at Lion Country helped popularize through her Safari in Royal Palm Beach. Anoth- numerous books usually are i. " er year will be spent preparing the cnosen tor tnis work because of J, 1 lit their gregarious nature. findings for publication "Researchers have documented Handedness, considered by many scientists as a vital link in the evolu- that chimps will often do tests just tionary chain, is the ability to use for the pleasure of participation. Be one hand more skillfully than, and in sides, many people relate to chimps preference to, the other. This, in more easily because they're more J ." , :; .1, ,; :. - like numans, Ms. Marchant said. turn, is usually indicative of lateralization having the left side of The importance of this research the brain controlling the right side siems trom ine tact mat nanaedness proves lateralization and specializa- of the body, and vice versa. AU speech, handedness and sight tion in the nervous system just as r.-.. y -' ; - is lateralized in the brains of hu- in humans. From this staring point, mans," Ms. Marchant said. "Some scientists can make assumptions very rudimentary research was car- about language acquisition, and ried out in this area around 1941, hence, the origins of man. 1951 and again in the late 1960s, but "There used to be a list of things nothing as systematic and thorough man could do tnat other animals . , , , . , ,, 1 J i m 1 i : i ' as what we're rlnincr hprp couldn't. Topping this list was mak- Evolutionists contend handedness ng and using tools," she continued, would be evident in evolving man "Now we know chimps are toolmak- d using tools, she cont we know chimps are toe Turn to CHIMPS, C2 before the powers of speech. The 1 J -i. "Staff Photos By J. Scott Applewhite ' t 1 , . - r -'.SIA :."" -V V' ' i : r " H . y ::y -- . V ' ' ..i.. -' v ,, c-v: ' I 1 1 i t - , ' . y i RsA ' . .... .... - j , , 'There is a great difference between language and communication, and chimps very definitely DO communicate. Their communication is a complex system of subtle body language and guttural articulations.' Researcher Linda Marchant Breast Lump: Fear Biggest Enemy r I o- I )J Ron Wiggins rr in Ministers Benefits Begin at Ordination i I was ordained a minister Wednesday. The clerical discounts I'll accept now; the manse will have to come later. First in a series excerpted from the book, 'First, You Cry' (J.B. Lippincott Co.) to be published this week in The Post. By BETTY ROLLIN Special to Tht Pol On Sept. 30, 1974, an NBC News correspondent reporting from the Guttman Breast Diagnostic Institute in New York told of the nationwide reaction to the mastectomy of the wife of the President of the United States how women everywhere were rushing to their nearest mam-mographer, how suddenly afraid women were. The report emphasized that the fear was productive, because so many women were acting on it. On camera, the correspondent said, "The terror that women feel about breast cancer is not unreasonable. What is unreasonable is that women still turn their terror inward. They think if they avoid investigating the possibility that they have the disease, they'll avoid the disease. But as cases of such prominent women as Betty Ford become known, other women are turning their fear into the kind of action that can save their lives." The correspondent had done her homework. She knew that early detection was important, that most lumps were benign. She knew all about the different kinds of mastectomies radical, simple, and so on Turn to MAMMOGRAPHY, C11 7 with power to ordain ministers by simply sending 10 bucks to Kirby J. Hensley, D.D., founder of the Universal Life Church Inc. with headquarters in Modesto, Calif. "When I retire," Mrs. Skaggs said, referring to the day she steps down as director of the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Department, "I'm going to travel around Appalachia, setting up a chain of churches, sort of a church supermarket all through the Bible Belt. For a ?2-a-month membership in the Universal Life Church, I get a charter which allows me to establish member churches. What I'll do is charge the member churches say, $100 a year and 5 per cent of the take. Then I'll come back to Palm Beach County and take it easy." Turn to WIGGINS, C4 But for now, I am a "legally ordained minister in the Universal Life Church," and as such I may preside at baptismals, marriages, funerals, marriages and church services. It says that on my card along with notice that: "The holder is entitled to all privileges and considerations usually granted a minister." I think that means I get to starve with God's blessing. You may wonder how this came about. I was ordained by no less personage than the Rev. Alice Skaggs, D.D. She got her credentials along

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