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Susan Savage-Rumbaugh:
The gentle genius of bonobos

TED2004 · 17:25 · Filmed Feb 2004
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Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos
17:25 · Filmed February 2004 at TED2004 · Subtitles available in 26 languages

Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology — and how much by cultural exposure.

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Susan Savage-Rumbaugh has made startling breakthroughs in her lifelong work with chimpanzees and bonobos, showing the animals to be adept in picking up language and other "intelligent" behaviors. Full bio
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