It's a matter of taste: Chimpanzee cultural realms in Congo | Cleve Hicks | TEDxUniversityofWarsaw

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Is culture the exceptional outcome of Homo sapiens endeavours? Are we humans the only species capable of complex social behaviour? Dr Cleve Hicks is a primatologist that spent over 5 years investigating these questions in the heart of Congo Basin. In his TEDxtalk he will challenge the predominant idea of human exceptionalism by showing us culinary tastes of our genetic cousins, chimpanzees.

Special thanks: Ligada Faustin, Mbolibie Etienne, African Wildlife Foundation, Lucie Burger Stichting, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation, Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, Pan African Programme: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, Lukuru Foundation, The Faculty of Artes Liberales: University of Warsaw, Christophe Boesch, Hjalmar Kühl, Karl Ammann, Steph BJ Menken, Peter Roessingh, Sonia Uribe, Gaurab Sarangi, Louwtjie Du Toit Rainer Benz; cover: E. Mpaka, Lukuru Wildlife; chimp in tree: C. Hicks, Wasmoeth Wildlife.

Dr. Cleve Hicks has spent his life circumventing the globe in search of his primate cousins. He spent 6 years in the Congo Basin slogging through swamps after western lowland gorillas and trekking across savannahs in pursuit of eastern chimpanzees. Now, when not in the forest, he teaches classes on nonhuman culture at The Faculty of Artes Liberales at the University of Warsaw, Poland and writes scientific papers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. In short he enjoys his life as a multi-cultured bipedal chimpanzee.

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