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Chimpanzees: Human Evolutionary Studies

Why do you think chimpanzees are frequently held up as a good model for understanding human evolution? What morphological and behavioral similarities might they have with early hominids?

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The human-chimp split occurred about 6 million years ago, however, chimpanzees are frequently held up as a good model for understanding human evolution, because chimpanzees are humans' closest genetic relatives. More than 98 percent of our DNA matches up to that of apes, which makes them genetically closer to us than gorillas. Recently revealed aspects of predation by chimpanzees, such as its frequency and the use of meat as a political and reproductive tool, have important implications for research on the origins of human behavior.

Chimpanzees using bark and stick tools to exploit an underground food resource are giving ...

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Why do you think chimpanzees are frequently held up as a good model for understanding human evolution? What morphological and behavioral similarities might they have with early hominids?

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