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

TED2011 · 7:01 · Filmed Mar 2011
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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?

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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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