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Monday, January 30, 2006

Study shows chimps closer to humans, your mom than to apes

"Intriguingly, both humans and chimpanzees appear to have evolved slower than gorillas and orangutans," they wrote in their report.

Experts have long known that humans and chimps share much DNA, and are in fact 96 percent identical on the genetic level.

Yi's team looked at several specific genes and compared the difference between human and chimpanzee.

One very noticeable difference is the longer generation time of humans.

"Humans take almost twice as long to reach sexual maturity as chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and gorillas (Gorilla gorillas), have a longer lifespan, and have a longer gestation period as compared to any nonhuman hominoid," the researchers wrote." (more)

Study shows chimps closer to humans than to apes - Yahoo! News

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