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December 10, 2015 What should we make of a video address by a sign-language-using gorilla to participants of the Paris climate conference? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says it's problematic.
September 27, 2012 The apes Koko, Kanzi and Panbanisha are famous for their language abilities. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King considers whether these abilities are being blown out of proportion with reality.
February 4, 2012 To supplement Barbara's post from Thursday, here are some video clips of Koko the gorilla's breath control as she plays with a recorder and a harmonica.
Koko with a recorder
Ronald H. Cohn/The Gorilla Foundation
February 2, 2012 When Koko the gorilla plays tones on a recorder, she skillfully controls her breathing patterns. Commentator Barbara J. King explains why this is unexpected for a gorilla — and what it may mean for challenging ourselves to learn new skills throughout life.
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