KOMPAS.com – When you read about the history of human evolution, you might wonder why not all primates develop in humans? In fact, the closest human cousin of modern chimpanzees exists on Earth 700,000 years longer than modern humans (Homo sapiens).
This question is answered by experts in the article Live scienceOn Sunday (14.07.2014).
Brianna Pobbyner, a Smithsonian Institute of Paleontology, said that the reason other primates do not develop in humans is that they are good.
Whether it is mountain gorillas in Uganda, lemurs in Madagascar or chimps; they all show that at least for now they can still live in their natural environment.
The same was expressed by Lynn Isabel, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. Evolution is not progression. (Evolution) is how well an organism lives in its current environment, "he said.
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In the eyes of evolutionists, we are no more advanced than primates or even other animals.
"Ants are the same or even more successful (evolutionary) than us," says Isabel
He continued, there are many more ants in the world than humans, and they adapt very well to their homes.
In essence, says Pobier, you only have to be able to survive and reproduce to win the evolutionary race. You do not have to be the strongest or the fastest.
Evidence is none other than our ancestors.
Experts believe people are starting to get separated from chimpanzees when they spend more time on Earth about 6-7 million years ago. Ancestors, who are smart enough to climb trees and walk, can look for food while exploring new habitats.
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About 3 million years ago, they began to adapt. Their legs are longer and their fingers start to move forward so they can walk more often than climbing.
"The difference in habitat selection is perhaps the most obvious change in behavior. To begin the two-pointers, our ancestors had to go to a habitat that had no shelter. They have to move more to the ground, where the trees are far from each other, "said Isabel.
As for other primates, whether chimpanzees or bonobos, Pobier says they will remain chimpanzees or bonobos, as long as we do not destroy them.