Thursday, May 18, 2006

Human Ancestors May Have Interbred With Chimpanzees

Human Ancestors May Have Interbred With Chimpanzees:
If this theory proves correct, it will mean modern people are descended from something akin to chimp-human hybrids. That is a new idea, and it challenges the prevailing view that hybrids tend to die out.

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"This is contributing to the idea that species are kind of fuzzy. They become real over time, but it takes millions of years," said James Mallet, a geneticist at University College London who was not involved in the new research. "We probably had a bit of a messy origin."
Puts a whole new twist to the phrase, "monkey boy." I'd read that, genetically speaking, there is less than 2% difference between chimps and humans. Now we know why. Heck, all you have to do is look at bush to verify this particular theory.
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