Apes

Whenever man observes, marvels at, or is amazed by his nearest animal relatives he also hopes to discover something about himself and his origins. Chimpanzees are considered an especially good example of the evolution of early hominids.

A new a discovery has caused a stir:
Camera traps at several locations in West Africa have identified chimpanzees as the creators of cairns, which until now have only been attributed to Homo sapiens.
These striking stone “constructions” raise many questions with reference to archaeological stone discoveries, which are associated with graves and ritual sites. Researchers worldwide now hope to gain new insights into cult sites and their role in human evolution, perhaps even into the origins of religion.
Where does the human begin? Where does the animal end?

Numerous research results indicate that our closest living relatives in particular possess many spiritual qualities that we have long considered to be uniquely human traits.


Apes

Producer, director, screenwriter: Anja Krug-Metzinger for Radio Bremen / Arte