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Our closest animal relatives

Our closest animal relatives are the great apes: chimpanzees, orang-utans and gorillas. About 98 per cent of the DNA in your genes is exactly the same as in chimpanzees, making you as closely related to a chimp as horses are to zebras. Chimps and humans share a common ancestor, who was probably swinging through the trees about 5 million years ago. Many other species of ape around at the same time eventually became extinct.

Our closest animal relatives.
Our closest animal relatives.
Linda Koebner & Joey Morgan, Chimps Haven Inc. / Photodisc

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