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Born in London on April 3, 1934, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall got an early start on animal study, spending much of her childhood observing animals that lived right in the backyard of her house.

Would you show me in a readily way what the bold part means? although I have studied what "early" means.

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I think that Got an early start signifies that Jane Goodall started her study during her younger years, when she was a child.

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    Not necessarily as a child; this expression can also mean early in one's career. – J.R. May 9 '15 at 19:20
  • @J.R.- perhaps not in general, but in this case it definitely means as a child: "...spending much of her childhood observing animals..." – Jim May 9 '15 at 23:30

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