Isabel Behncke

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

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Filmed Jan 2011 at TED2011
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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?

Isabel Behncke Izquierdo
/ 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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