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We are so closely related to chimpanzees we share nearly 99% of our DNA with them. Alice Roberts, Origins of Us 1/3: Bones, BBC 2011
We have a common ancestor with chimpanzees going back about six or seven million years ago. So I’m here visiting my relatives. ibid.
Our bodies are amazing machines honed over millions of years of evolution. But our basic flesh and bones aren’t that different from our closest ape relatives – chimpanzees ... The striking difference between us and any other species on Earth ... we are creatures of the mind. Alice Roberts, Origins of Us 3/3: Brains
The chimpanzees are our closest relatives; that they differ from us only by that 1% of DNA. The Human Spark II: So Human, So Chimp, PBS 2008
Chimps feed on a wide variety of things. David Attenborough, The Trials of Life II: Growing Up, BBC 1990
Chimpanzees: they hunt in teams. David Attenborough, The Trials of Life IV: Hunting and Escaping
The family is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Family life is full of wonder, beauty and drama. David Attenborough, Dynasties I: Chimpanzees, BBC 2018
In our modern world, ensuring the survival of the next generation is becoming ever more difficult. ibid.
Senegal, West Africa: home to a remarkable troupes of chimpanzees. It gets so hot and dry here, it’s the very limit of where they can survive. This territory is ruled by one strong and determined leader, an alpha male known as David. ibid.
He’s surrounded by rivals prepared to kill him for his crown. ibid.
Chimps use up to twenty different types of tools. 60 Years in the Wild II: Understanding the Natural World, BBC 2012
A very nimble mind and an inquisitive disposition – and that’s exactly what these chimpanzees have got. David Attenborough: Life on Earth: Mammals (revised series), BBC 1979
Chimps live in group of up to fifty. ibid.
Grooming has been a crucial influence in the development of chimp behaviour. ibid.
Grooming like this has been a crucial influence in the development of chimp behavior. David Attenborough, Life on Earth XII: Life in the Trees *****
If chimpanzees haven’t learnt particular skills by the age of eight they never seem able to acquire them. David Attenborough, Life e10: Primates, BBC 2009
Chimpanzees can show great kindness and compassion. Sharing. Experimenting. Empathy. Planning. Intelligence. Teaching. And learning. Behaviour so characteristic of us higher primates. We are the most inventive and innovative of all primates. Just one branch of a large and extended family. A family which has refined the ability to develop and pass on individual learning to the next generation ... A family with which we share so much. ibid.
The most important thing we share is our big brain. David Attenborough, The Life of Mammals X: Food for Thought, BBC 2008
Chimpanzees: they are clever, social, political creatures. ibid.
Chimpanzees hunt monkeys by using the most complex and intelligent ambush of all. David Attenborough, The Hunt III: Hide and Seek (Forests), BBC 2015
Wild chips use tools in a quite complicated way. Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities s3e2: Curious Minds, Eden 2013
Chimpanzees: the elders in this group know where to find the most nutritious food and how to extract it. But if they are to survive to adulthood the youngsters must learn these skills from their parents. David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet VII: Africa, BBC 2019
I felt so tiny. Jane Goodall
When I first began describing brutal aggression there were certain scientists who actually criticized me for publishing it. Jane Goodall, televised interview
It took six months before I could get within a hundred yards. And it was two years before I could make really close-up detailed observations without them being scared. Jane Goodall, interview Blue Peter 1971
Jane Goodall fulfilled a childhood ambition when she travelled to Gombe in Tanzania to study the behaviour of wild chimpanzees. Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words 1/3: Human, All Too Human, 2011
Goodall’s revelation came when she observed for the first time chimps making and using tools. ibid.
Goodall noticed other human traits in chimpanzees like affection and grief. But it was her observations of the darker side of chimpanzee life that would be most controversial. Goodall discovered chimps with violent behaviour patterns. ibid.
In 2004 a species of giant chimpanzee called the Billy Ape rumoured to hunt lions and sleep on the ground just like humans was found alive deep in the Congolese jungle. Could Bigfoot be the next species to emerge? Bigfoot: The Missing Evidence ***** Channel 5 2014
We share 51% of our genes with yeast and 98% with chimpanzees – it is not genetics that makes us human. Tom Shakespeare, University of Newcastle
We now have a rich supply of intermediate fossils linking modern humans to the common ancestor that we share with – chimpanzees. Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth p150
The common ancestor that we share with chimpanzees lived about six million years ago, or a bit earlier. ibid. p188
Meet Brutus, the leader of the Kyambura chimps. His community is plagued by nightmare teenagers, naughty kids, squabbling adults and serious rivalry. But that’s pretty normal for chimps. Brutus has a problem that’s much more serious: these chimps live in a deep and ancient forested gorge that cuts through the plains of Africa’s Rift Valley. The Kyambura Gorge may be a lush oasis but it’s also their prison. Brutus and the chimps are trapped. As the pressures of isolation take hold, can they stick together or will they self-destruct? Natural World s29e11: Chimps of the Lost Gorge
The Kyambura chimps have been marooned in a five-mile gorge in a corner of south-west Uganda for nearly fifteen years. ibid.
Could this be evolution in action? ibid.
Different chimpanzee groups have distinct cultures. Primates III, BBC 2020