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Leakey believed that a long-term study of the behavior of higher primates would yield important evolutionary information.
Goodall attended the Uplands private school, receiving her school certificate in 1950 and a higher certificate in 1952.
Leakey hired her as a secretary and invited her to participate in an anthropological dig at the now famous Olduvai Gorge, a site rich in fossilized prehistoric remains of early ancestors of humans.
In addition, Goodall was sent to study the vervet monkey, which lives on an island in Lake Victoria.
She noted that chimps have a complex social system, complete with ritualized behaviors and primitive but discernible communication methods, including a primitive "language" system containing more than 20 individual sounds.
She is credited with making the first recorded observations of chimpanzees eating meat and using and making tools.
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At age 18 she left school and found employment as a secretary at Oxford University.