Big Apes

02.18.2007
(was 01.15.2006)

Do animals have culture? The orangutans of Sumatra certainly do. They've learned how to fish honey out of tiny termite nests, and to scoop the pulpy food out of razor-sharp fruits. What's more, they've passed on this knowledge to their offspring. Now, scientists think these primates may offer insights into our own cultural evolution. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, what the other primates reveal about ourselves. And, what really happened to the Neanderthals.

  1. Carel Van Schaik on "Among Orangutans"

    Carel Van Schaik tells Steve Paulson that orangutans, those great red apes, use tools and pass learning down from one generation to the next.

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  2. Birute Galdikas on Living with Orangutans in Borneo

    Birute Galdikas talks about her almost other-worldly experience of living with orangutans in Borneo.

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  3. Mark Cotta Vaz on "King Kong"

    Merian C. Cooper dreamed up the original "King Kong." Cooper was an Indiana Jones - type figure himself.

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  4. Frans de Waal on "Our Inner Ape"

    Frans de Waal talks with Jim Fleming about chimps, who can be aggressive and violent, and bonobos, who are mama's boys and like sex.

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  5. Erik Trinkaus on Neandertals

    Erik Trinkaus tells Steve Paulson that many of our assumptions about them, and our other "cave man" ancestors are just plain wrong.

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