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Ape Genius

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Watch the Program
Watch the entire program online after the broadcast date. (Quicktime or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

What Makes Us Human
Find out about unique human talents such as "reading" someone else's mind, having the ability to control impulses, and possessing the foundations for teaching that separate us from our great ape cousins. (Grades 9-12)

The Ape That Teaches
Learn in this interview with cognitive scientist Rebecca Saxe about humans' ability to transmit information, ideas, and innovations among each other and across generations, as well as how this ability differentiates us from the other great apes. (Grades 9-12)

Kanzi the Bonobo
Listen to and view in this five-part audio slide show on primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh's work with Kanzi the bonobo, and discover Kanzi's abilities to understand language, convey thoughts and feelings, play games, and more. Total running time: 6 minutes 15 seconds. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Our Family Tree
Compare and contrast humans' social grouping, temperament, diet, and more with the four other great apes, and hear what each one sounds like. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Video Extras
Watch experiments that human researchers tested with chimps and a bonobo in these two short outtakes. (Quicktime or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Ape Genius
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