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Humans Are Descendants Of Chimpanzees

#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.

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