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Offline mandy789

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How do apes and orangutans differ?
« on: 23/01/2014 03:07:16 »
What the difference between ape and orangutan?
It is said that orangutan evolute our human beings.
I am curious, can orangutan make it?
« Last Edit: 27/01/2014 09:16:23 by chris »


 

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Re: Ape and Orangutan
« Reply #1 on: 25/01/2014 16:19:15 »
The word "ape" covers a lot of types of animals.
Humans, gorillas, orangutans, chimps, and some other animals are apes.
If it looks like a monkey and hasn't got a tail, it is probably an ape.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ape

 

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Re: Ape and Orangutan
« Reply #2 on: 25/01/2014 17:46:30 »
Humans and Apes took a separate evolutionary pathway 5 to 10 million years ago.  Our modern apes (gorillas, chimps, orangutans, etc) have certainly not been stagnant for the past 10 million years, but have continued to evolve into their current state. 

Most mammals evolved in the last 100 million years.

As far as we know, humans and hominids is the first intelligent tool making species on Earth, at least to the level which we are now at.  Many previous hominids have reached evolutionary dead-ends, and some theories indicates that there can only be one dominant intelligent species.  Another species would certainly have a lot of catching up. 

If humans were wiped out, no doubt something would eventually fill our niche.  I'm not sure that could happen while humans still dominate.  Perhaps humanity will stagnate while another species grows.

Elephants, whales, and some dolphin species have the largest brains.  Dogs, of course, interact well with humans.  Unfortunately they all lack the hands and fingers, but it is quite possible that the next "intelligent" species will not resemble us.
 

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Re: Ape and Orangutan
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