Bonobos, like humans, love to play throughout their entire lives. Play is not just child’s games. For us and them, play is foundational for bonding relationships and fostering tolerance. It’s where we learn to trust and where we learn about the rules of the game. Play increases creativity and resilience, and it’s all about the generation of diversity — diversity of interactions, diversity of behaviors, diversity of connections. And when you watch bonobo play, you’re seeing the very evolutionary roots of human laughter, dance and ritual. Play is the glue that binds us together.
Isabel Behncke (TED) | Evolution’s gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans