Clever Monkeys

“We are increasingly realizing that we are not the only intelligent life on the planet. 40 million years ago, it seemed there were creatures with hands and eyes who took great care of their babies because they took a long time to grow up. The story has ended up with us seeing ourselves in their faces. We can be proud of the fact that what makes us human isn’t just human after all.”

David Attenborough’s entertaining romp through the world of monkeys has a serious side: for when we look at monkeys we can see ourselves. From memory to morality, from ‘crying wolf’ to politics, monkeys are our basic blueprint.

Pygmy marmosets ‘farm’ tree sap; bearded capuchins in Brazil develop a production line for extracting palm nuts; white-faced capuchins in Costa Rica tenderly nurse the victims of battle; and in the Ethiopian highlands a deposed gelada baboon has got the blues. (Excerpt from main website)

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