Ape Man

What if we were to look to our primate predecessors to understand human interaction and social dynamics? Not only do we share 98% of our genetic code with our ape relatives, we also share the same inherent basic instincts. Presented by actor Peter Elliot, this revealing, often comic series explores our battles for power, territory, sex and allegiance with that of our monkey cousins. Demonstrating the curious, unspoken customs that govern our behaviour through a combination of humorous experiments, stunts, hidden cameras and expert analysis, this program is 21st century anthropology with a candid camera twist! Produced by National Geographic.

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Episodes

Ape Man Social Climbers

Primates are highly social, and most primate species live in groups. Being part of a social group is key to survival, so apes will do everything they can to avoid being excluded. But living in big groups isn't easy – it takes a lot of intelligence to form and maintain the number of relationships necessary to ensure you don't get ...
  • 2013
  • 00:45:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/04/2016

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Ape Man The Alpha Male

With all the benefits that come with being the alpha male, it's no surprise that male apes have to fight to get to the top. But it's not just our chimpanzee cousins who are in a constant struggle for power. From the world leader's power walk and the CEO's dominance posture, to our subtle everyday power struggles with strangers, this ...
  • 2013
  • 00:45:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/04/2016

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Ape Man Hooking Up

The desire to find a mate drives a lot of ape behaviour, and despite millions of years of evolution, we're no exception. We'll explore the different mating strategies of our primate cousins and look at how we retain some of the same preferences. To demonstrate this, we carry out a series of social experiments designed to bring out the inner ...
  • 2013
  • 00:45:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/04/2016

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