In examining famed primatologist Jane Goodall's new book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants (coauthored with Gail Hudson), the Washington Post has uncovered evidence of plagiarism.
Apparently, passages in the book were taken wholesale from websites like Wikipedia and Choice Organic Teas.
In response to the charges levelled against her by the Washington Post, Goodall said that "this was a long and well researched book and I am distressed to discover that some of the excellent and valuable sources were not properly cited, and I want to express my sincere apologies. I hope it is obvious that my only objective was to learn as much as I could so that I could provide straightforward factual information distilled from a wide range of reliable sources.”
Goodall is probably best known for her in-depth studies of chimpanzees and their behaviour, as well as previous books on conservation-related issues.