Paleoanthropology

How are humans related to chimpanzees?
Answered by Animal Planet
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  1. Despite the differences in things like body strength (chimps are stronger), brain power (we win this one) and common behaviors, humans and chimpanzees have a remarkably similar genetic makeup. In fact, some studies report that humans and chimps possess DNA that is almost 99 percent identical. Fossil records show that if you go back far enough, our ancestors were not the same humans we are today, but a completely separate species of bipedal hominids. Likewise, modern chimpanzees evolved over millions of years from previous species of chimpanzee ancestors. Evolutionary scientists believe the reason for our genetic similarity is that if you traced both human and chimpanzee ancestors far enough back, you'd reach a single ancestor shared between us.

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