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Religion and family organization, for example, contribute to the functioning of the whole culture. Functionalism is linked to the concept of holism, the view that one must study all aspects of a culture in order to understand it. Franz Boas is considered the founder of North American cultural anthropology. Born in Germany and educated in physics and geography, he came to the United States in 1887 (Patterson 2001:46ff ). 4 p. 78). He learned from the Inuit that people in different cultures may have different perceptions of even basic physical substances, such as water.

Orangutan juveniles are highly dependent on their mothers, maintaining close bodily contact with them for at least two years and nursing until they are around 8 years old. Because of this long period of orangutans need for maternal contact, Galdikas set up her camp to serve as a way station for orphans. She became the maternal figure. Her first infant was an orphaned orangutan, Sugito, who clung to her as though she were his own mother for years. The survival of orangutans on Borneo and Sumatra (their only habitats worldwide) is critically endangered by massive commercial and illegal logging, population resettlement programs, plantations, and other pressures on the rainforests where the orangutans live.

Orangutans are the only great apes living outside Africa. Fossil evidence indicates that their habitats in the past extended throughout Southeast Asia and southern China. They are now limited to pockets of rainforest on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Specialist Group 2004). Aerial surveys (Ancrenaz et al. 2005) and DNA analysis of living orangutans (Goossens et al. 2006) confirm recent and dramatic declines that, if not halted, will lead to extinction in the next few decades. Galdikas has studied orangutans longer than anyone else.

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