#17 Humans Are Descendants Of Chimpanzees
Contrary to the popular belief that’s been flying for a while, humans didn’t evolve from chimpanzees. Humans and chimps are DNA cousins, as we share about 99% of our DNA with chimps.
The baffling similarity between the DNAs paved the way for further research into the ancestors of our closest relatives strictly in terms of DNA: the bonobos and the chimpanzees.
For nearly two decades, scientists have been trying to find out how did the three species – bonobos, humans, and chimpanzees – evolve differently after the split of their common ancestors some 4-7 million years ago.
Further research suggested that the common ancestors of bonobos, humans, and chimpanzees were a very diverse population capable of 27,000 breeding individuals.