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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Humans and Chimps

Next time you visit a zoo and the ape section, it might be worth noting that you are looking at your cousins. Recent studies of DNA and genomes reveal that those we now consider to be homo sapiens sapiens-- the sapiens part being lacking mostly in Washington -- are the result of early hominiae interbreeding with chimps. The interbreeding went on for several million years, with hominiae acquiring chromosomes from chimps until they split into species about 5.3 million years ago making us truly hybrids and an affront to fundamentalists and eugenicists. (link)
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