Isabel Behncke

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Isabel Behncke Izquierdo is a Chilean primatologist[1] who studies the social behaviour, especially play, of bonobos (pan paniscus) the other species, together with Chimpanzee, inside the genus Pan. In 2011 she was a TED Fellow and gave a talk "Evolution's gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans".[2][3]

In October 2013 she appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity.[1] Her hypothetical donation to this fictional museum was "a laughing tree", a tree in which Bonobos congregated and laughed such that the tree itself seemed to laugh.[4]

She is a member of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group at the University of Oxford[5] and the Research Center in Social Complexity[6] at the Universidad del Desarrollo.


  1. ^ a b "Museum of Curiosity - series 7 - episode 6". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Isabel Behncke Izquierdo, primatologist". TED. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. ^ "What we can learn from the bonobos". Bloomberg Businessweek. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Museum of Curiosity: Gallery 7 - Meeting Forty-Two". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Isabel Behncke". Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Isabel Behncke". Social and Research Center in Social Complexity. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

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