Biodiversity and Evolution

Do humans and animals share a common ancestor?
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  1. All earthly creatures share a last common ancestor. Although the origin of the last common ancestor between humans and chimps is still unknown, paleoanthropologists believe chimpanzees are our closest biological relatives. According to evidence left by fossils, the panin and hominid paths most likely split approximately 5 million years ago. The panin path eventually evolved into the modern chimp, and the hominid path developed into the modern human.

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