Humans Not Related To Chimps, Says Study

June 19, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science have found that fossil likenesses show a greater likeness between orangutans and humans, rather than chimpanzees, and previously believed.

John Grehan and Jeffrey H. Schwartz have done extensive research into the DNA and fossil properties between humans, chimps, and orangutans, and have found that there are more similarities shared between humans and the later, rather than the former.

While humans and chimps share two unique characteristics in the development of physical features, humans and orangutans share twenty-eight. There is also a greater similarity between early humans (Australopithecus) and early orangutans, rather than early chimps.

The evidence provided in that link seem to show contradiction to that which was gathered using similar DNA markers.

Peter Andrew, a Paleoanthropologist, was quoted on the study in Eureka Alert:

“They have good morphological evidence in support of their interpretation, so that it must be taken seriously, and if it reopens the debate between molecular biologists and morphologists, so much the better. They are going against accepted interpretations of human and ape relationships, and there’s no doubt their conclusions will be challenged. But I hope it will be done in a constructive way, for science progresses by asking questions and testing results.”

The study has been published in the Journal of Biogeography.


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