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.


"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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