Clever Monkeys - BBC Natural World - 2008
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Just how smart are monkeys? Their innate curiosity leads them to try new things, but it's their culture - the passing of information from one generation to the next - that teaches them much of what they know. Their young learn by reaching out with their hands to experience the world around them, grasping new objects, slowly piecing together an understanding of their society. They learn from their families how to find food, communicate, recognize kin, even use tools, medicine, and language. It is these familiar actions that make monkeys so fascinating to humans. We can see ourselves in their faces, our nature in their actions.
Natural World travels around the world to visit some of these fascinating primates. From tiny pygmy marmoset in South America to aggressive baboons of Africa and compassionate toque macaques in Sri Lanka, Clever Monkeys challenges many ideas about what is purely "human."
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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.
Feb 09 2011, 19:24 UTC
Imagine how utterly brainwashed a person would have to be, to look closely at a monkey and not understand evolution. I call these people Political Thinkers. Although thinking too much might get them in trouble.
The scene in this doc where the Monitor Lizard gets the poor macaque in the water. The sleeping guard monkey misses it. When the group is huddled together in sorrow afterwards. This is unforgettable film making. So brilliant. Their reactions are the same as ours would be in the situation.
Feb 10 2011, 12:49 UTC
Just wonderful! Have you seen the chimp that plays PacMan? A little assisted but hey...
Feb 10 2011, 14:42 UTC
Feb 11 2011, 22:22 UTC