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Isabel Behncke:
Evolution's gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans

TED2011 · 7:01 · Filmed Mar 2011
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Isabel Behncke: Evolution's gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans
7:01 · Filmed March 2011 at TED2011 · Subtitles available in 29 languages

With never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing — solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos' key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?

Primatologist
TED Fellow Isabel Behncke Izquierdo studies the social behavior (and play behavior in particular) of wild bonobos in DR Congo. Full bio
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