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Darwin - not just aping about

Victorian scientist Charles Darwin was mocked when he suggested humans shared a common ancestor with the African great apes.

But Darwin had the last laugh when molecular studies proved him right. The common chimpanzee and pygmy chimpanzee species are our closest living relatives.

Over a century later, US scientists have made scientific history by sequencing the entire chimpanzee genome - all the DNA of an individual - and comparing it to our own.



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Darwin was ridiculed by other scientists when he made the suggestion that man was descended from apes.
Darwin was ridiculed by other scientists when he made the suggestion that man was descended from apes.
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