Jane Goodall compares Trump's debate style to male chimpanzee performances

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In a story relating to the upcoming debates, The Atlantic explored Donald Trump's approach in the Republican primary debates and factors that contributed to his success.

As part of the piece, the media outlet reached out to various experts who could reflect on the aspects of "intellectual and emotional persuasion."

Among them was the famed anthropologist Jane Goodall who drew comparisons between Trump's debate style and behaviors of some of the male chimpanzees she has observed.

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Primatologist Jane Goodall gestures during her lecture to children in Madrid November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
U.N. Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors Michael Douglas and Dr. Jane Goodall appear together during the annual Peace Bell ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Primatologist Jane Goodall listens to questions during her lecture at the University of Puerto Rico as part of her three days visit to support the growth of her Roots & Shoots programs in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region in San Juan, November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO IMAGES OF THE DAY)
British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall listens to a journalist's question during a news conference at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA - Tags: SOCIETY HEADSHOT)
Conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall adjusts her cap after being granted an Honoris Causa Degree by Alicante University during a traditional ceremony in the Spanish eastern city of Alicante May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Joaquin de Haro (SPAIN EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT)
Primatologist Jane Goodall gestures during her lecture to children in Madrid November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT PROFILE)
Animal rights activist Jane Goodall (L) and Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine announce a partnership to bring the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots program to First Nations communities across Canada in Ottawa April 15, 2009. The Roots and Shoots program involves young people with projects to improve the environment and culture in their community. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
Primatologist Jane Goodall accepts a Glamour Woman of the Year lifetime achievement award from Glamour magazine in New York November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
Conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall poses for photographers in front of the chimpanzee enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo October 11, 2008. Goodall, who travels much of the year working as an advocate for environmental conservation, is presenting a series of public lectures in Australia to promote wildlife protection. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (AUSTRALIA)
England's Dr Jane Goodall (L), chimpanzee researcher and naturalist, listens to sounds from the inside of a traditional Aboriginal Didjeridoo with Aboriginal dancer Dianne McNaboe of the Wiradjuri Tribe after a womens cleaning ceremony which was performed by McNaboe on the banks of MacQuarie River at Dubbo in western New South Wales, September 3. Goodall visited the Western Plains Zoo is in Australia to raise the awareness that Chimpanzee numbers in the wild have plummeted 75 percent in 10 years leaving only about 250,000 in their homeland's of Central and West Africa.
Primates expert Jane Goodall adjusts her headphones during the presentation of her book "Otra manera de vivir" (Harvest for Hope) at Cosmocaixa in Barcelona February 16, 2007. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN)
Scientist Jane Goodall from the United States looks at a goose during her visit to the Konrad Lorenz-Institute in Gruenau in north western Austria, December 5. Goodall, who is staying at the Gruenau animal sanctuary set up her late friend and grey-goose expert Konrad Lorenz, became famous for her work on apes. AUSTRIA
Michael Douglas and Jane Goodall pose after the commemoration of the International Day of Peace during the 60th General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Michael Douglas (L) and Jane Goodall (R) pose after the commemoration of the International Day of Peace during the 60th General Assembly at the United Nations in New York, September 21, 2005. REUTERS/ Chip East
England's Dr Jane Goodall (R), chimpanzee researcher and naturalist listens as Aboriginal dancer Dianne McNaboe (centre) and her daugher Beccy of the Wiradjuri Tribe explain the meaning of a Aboriginal painting after a womens cleaning ceremony they performed for her on the banks of MacQuarie River at Dubbo in western New South Wales, September 3. Goodall visited the Western Plains Zoo is in Australia to raise the awareness that Chimpanzee numbers in the wild have plummeted 75 percent in 10 years leaving only about 250,000 in their homeland's of Central and West Africa.
UN messenger of Peace Jane Goodall attends the Peace Bell Ceremony on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace September 16, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
British primatologist Jane Goodall looking at rescued chimpanzees on July 14, 2016 at the Sweetwaters sactuary, Kenya's only great-ape sanctuary, within Ol-pejeta conservancy, near Nanyuki, in Laikipia county. Goodall made today her first visit to the sanctuary, which opened in 1993 after an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute was established to receive and provide refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from west and central Africa. There are currently almost 50 chimpanzees at the sanctuary. / AFP / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
AYUNTAMIENTO, MADRID, SPAIN - 2016/05/26: The British primatologist Jane Goodall, 82 years-old, pictured in Madrid. Jane Goodall visit to Spain with the objective to sensitize about the ecosystem, biodiversity, environmental education, and sustainability, the British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace, best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, visited Spain and attended a meeting with Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid. (Photo by Jorge Sanz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 14, 2016 shows a rescued chimpanzee playing in an enclosure at the Sweetwaters sactuary, Kenya's only great-ape sanctuary, within Ol-pejeta conservancy, near Nanyuki, in Laikipia county. British primatologist Jane Goodall made today her first visit to the sanctuary, which opened in 1993 after an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute was established to receive and provide refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from west and central Africa. There are currently almost 50 chimpanzees at the sanctuary. / AFP / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 14, 2016 shows rescued male chimpanzees eating in an enclosure at the Sweetwaters sactuary, Kenya's only great-ape sanctuary, within Ol-pejeta conservancy, near Nanyuki, in Laikipia county. British primatologist Jane Goodall made today her first visit to the sanctuary, which opened in 1993 after an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute was established to receive and provide refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from west and central Africa. There are currently almost 50 chimpanzees at the sanctuary. / AFP / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 19: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)Dr Jane Goodall poses at a reception in honor of Disney Conservation Funds 20th Anniversary during Walt Disney World Awaken Summer event on April 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 19: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)Dr Jane Goodall poses at a reception in honor of Disney Conservation Funds 20th Anniversary during Walt Disney World Awaken Summer event on April 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 31: (CHINA OUT) Anthropologist Jane Goodall attends a press conference as a part of 2012 Jane Goodall China Tour on October 31, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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Goodall told The Atlantic, "In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals...In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position."

She recalled one chimp in particular, named Mike, who established his dominance through such tactics. Goodall said that she will be thinking of Mike while watching the debates in the days ahead.

The first one is set to take place on September 26 at Hofstra University.

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MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - On New York state primary night, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cheer watching the primary results during the Hillary Victory Party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - Winning the New York primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed room of supporters during the victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - On New York state primary night, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watch the primary results and enjoy the party during the Hillary Victory Party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York on Tuesday April 19 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Dupporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snap cell phone pictures of her as she enters a victory party after winning the New York state primary election, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrate at her New York primary campaign headquarters, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as she arrives onstage at her New York presidential primary night rally in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
Members of the media await the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to a New York primary night event Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following victory in the New York state primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after speaking in New York on April 19, 2016. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump speakS at a campaign press conference moments after winning the republican presidential primary at Trump Tower in New York, NY on Tuesday April 19, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up following victory in the New York state primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York on April 19, advancing his bid to clinch the party's presidential nomination, US networks projected. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's granddaughter Arabella (L), daughter Ivanka (C) and wife Melania (R) listen to him speak at his New York presidential primary night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 19, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
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