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

A new TED-talk!!!!  A short talk about how Bonobo apes play (a lot of sex!) and how that might be linked to creativity and building the social fabric of life. It is only 7 minutes  Рwatch it now!

Bonobos are, together with chimpanzees, our living closest relatives; however we know very little about them — mostly through captive work. In Wamba, a most remote jungle location, I have observed unique aspects of bonobo lives (from imaginary play and laughter to inter-group encounters to accidents and death) that challenge and illuminate our understanding of human evolution. I aim to link the play of adult bonobos to insights on human laughter, joy, creativity and our capacity for wonder and exploration.