Master Minds

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Episode 3 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

There's one thing that sets us primates apart from most other families on the planet, and that's a flexible mind. Our primate cousins are much smarter than you might imagine. Just like us they use tools, solve problems, and even have emotions. Monkey Planet discovers how these animals are individuals with a sense of self and why brainpower is essential to primate survival.

In Thailand, long-tailed macaques floss their teeth with human hair and use tools to open oysters on the beach. In Uganda, chimps pass on cultures and customs through generations. George McGavin goes to orangutan school in Sumatra and meets a bonobo in the States who can order his own picnic on a smart phone and toast marshmallows in a fire he makes himself.

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Wed 14 May 2014 00:55 BBC Two Northern Ireland only

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George McGavin
Executive Producer
Chris Cole
Series Producer
Jo Shinner
Rosie Thomas
Production Manager
Pauline Gates


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