Friday, June 19, 2009

Humans related to orangutans, not chimps

A group of orphaned orangutans sit in a cage at the Wanariset Orangutan Rehabilitaion Centre
New evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Reporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of Biogeography, the researchers reject as "problematic" the popular suggestion, based on DNA analysis, that humans are most closely related to chimpanzees, which they maintain is not supported by fossil evidence.

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Via: PhysOrg

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