Season 35, Episode 12 Ape Genius

First Aired: February 19, 2008

A reassessment of the intellectual abilities of the great apes, which include bonobos, chimps, gorillas and orangutans; and a possible explanation for why ape culture hasn't evolved. Included: an experiment that compares chimps to toddlers; footage of apes in their natural habitats acting in surprising ways, from holding a "pool party" to a mother grieving for her dead offspring.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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