Sunday, November 25, 2007

Video: The Amazing Bonobo

Primatologist Susan Savage-Rumbaugh has an immensely interesting TEDTalk in which she disputes the view that animal behavior is "hardwired". She shows videos of her research on bonobos - including the apes playing a computer game, making crude stone tools and following verbal instructions to light and douse a fire. The bonobos evince quite a few behaviors that are very surprising to the uninitiated. (as I can attest...).

In any case, the video is embedded below. Alternatively, click here to go directly to the video at the TED website.

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