Friday, October 30, 2009

We are 96% similiar to chimpanzees!

Chimpanzees and humans are 96% the same, a gene study revealed.

A chimp using simple tools, like how we first started out

Look at the teeth and the tongue! Oh my. Those look like yours and mine! Because we are related!

Astonishing isn't it? If we are 96% similar, this reconfirms the scientific fact that we humans share a common ancestor with chimpanzees. Many people who are ill-informed about evolution think that we "evolved from monkeys". This NOT entirely true. We did not evolve from monkeys but to be more accurate, evolution evidence, gene studies suggest we share a common ancestor with chimpanzees. We diverged 6 million years ago.

Our beloved relatives. Some scientists are reconsidering to reclassify chimps as closer to humans than other great apes

Because chimpanzees are so similar and are our closest living relatives, the chimp genome is the most useful key to understanding human biology and evolution, next to the human genome itself.

Frans de Waal, a primate scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. "We are apes in every way, from our long arms and tailless bodies to our habits and temperament."

If you had a chance, you should really sit in front of a chimpanzee and study it carefully. Stare at it eye to eye. Just by studying the physical appearance, you would realise the striking resemblance!

Some people reject the notion that we are related to chimps because they think it's degrading and cheapening the human. I don't think so at all. Chimps ARE SMART creatures. They are gentle, nice and love like humans. They hug each other, care for their young, mourn when one of them dies, play like us and watch out for each other. They even COPULATE (have sex, mate) like us!

Chimps mating

Anyone for a nice and cuddly hug?

A mother caring for her young, cradling him, like how we do it! Amazing!

Come to think about it, I think sometimes human behaviour is more disgusting and appalling than the chimps'. We create pollution, destroy the earth, cut down trees, murder each other, slander one another, build our nations and kingdoms at the expense of nature and our chimp cousins. And we think we are greater and smarter than the chimps.

I rather be a chimp!

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