Should chimpanzees have human rights? Could a chimp do a human wrong? Join primatologist Lewis Dean to examine what we know about the mental abilities of our closest evolutionary cousins.

A charity in America is campaigning to get chimpanzees recognised as ‘persons’, giving them basic human rights. But with rights come responsibilities. Could a chimp ever be guilty of a human crime such as murder? Join primatologist Lewis Dean to examine what we know about the mental abilities of our closest evolutionary cousins.

The questions Lewis will pose are hot topics of research in modern psychology. And topics where not all researchers agree. Are chimps able to plan? Does a chimp possess any of the morals that govern human behaviour? Could chimps have any idea that their group-mates think like they do? Do chimps have cultural norms? How similar are chimps and humans?

Researchers are interested in these topics because they teach us about the evolution of intelligence and cognition. By comparing the skills of different species we can piece together how animals deal with their environments, how they think and the way that they perceive the world around them. It allows us to shed light on how skills might have evolved right across the animal kingdom, including in the species that is, arguably, most reliant on its own technology and culture – humans.

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Monkey Business

Meet the family as you get up close to the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.
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Monkey Business events

From crafty creations to an after hours party, the events programme for our Monkey Business exhibition is filled with fun.
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Monkey Business Lunch

Feed the monkeys their favourite food in this fast-paced game. Watch out for Big G the gorilla - he's always hungry! And don't let those pesky Venus Fly Traps steal the primates' lunch...
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When

8 Apr 2017
12:30 – 14:00

Where

Auditorium, Level 1

How much

£8.50, £6.50 Members & Conc.

Booking information

Age 14+

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