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Human ApeHumans are apes. Great apes. Apes all belong to the super-family Hominoidea. The great apes are the family Hominidae which we share with the Chimpanzees, Gorillas and the Orangutan.

Our DNA is less than 2 percent different from that of chimpanzees, so from a biological viewpoint, what is it that makes humans so different from the other great apes? Find out what our ape cousins can do - and what they can't.

Hominidae

Some facts:

Each individual chimpanzee has his or her own distinctive pant-hoot, or call, so that the caller can be identified with precision.

Orangutans have been observed making simple tools to scratch themselves. They also use leafy branches to shelter themselves from rain and sun, and sometimes even drape large leaves over themselves like a poncho.

Chimpanzees are approximately eight times stronger than the average human. Biologically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas.

Bonobos substitute sex for aggression, and sexual interactions occur more often among bonobos than among other primates.

Orangutans' arms stretch out longer than their bodes - over 7 feet from fingertip to fingertip.

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Michele
Michele
10 months ago

So since RH negative people don't carry the rheseus gene , where do the RH negative people ascend from?

Tina
Tina
3 years ago

Is this considered as a primary or secondary source?

realistic pessimist
realistic pessimist
8 years ago

A very good doc. Only a little dated now (2016). It's too bad they didn't use any of the films of Franz De Waal's experiments concerning cooperation and empathy in primates. (they're available on Youtube - fascinating stuff) I'll be giving this one a nine.

whats up
whats up
8 years ago

it is fact not a just theory like religious book which tortured human for long time still today
u can challenged evolution if u have evidence .........it is science always ready to accept the truth

Kath
Kath
9 years ago

This is very interesting but they waste WAY too much time reassuring the veiwer of their superiority.

Patrick Cerrone
Patrick Cerrone
10 years ago

I think we all came from the Blob fish. Some more advanced, crawled up on shore, others crawled back into the sea. Did anyone see those pictures on Yahoo? The one looking directly at the camera looked like my ex Mother in law. =)

alhassan
alhassan
10 years ago

i am very serious of this ape..how can am ape become a human via rotation of earth...so we all were am ape ...this is cause by the evolution of earth

BradInFL
BradInFL
11 years ago

What I have learned so far (still have more to view): according to the tenets of the religion of Evolution, it is ingenious to urinate on your food. :P

Matt van den Ham
Matt van den Ham
11 years ago

It didn't really get in to how creative our minds our compared to the dull/reactionary minds of the ape. And we also have the ability to think outside of ourselves such as 3rd person such as lying and acting, also may fall under creativity. We can imagine ourselves being something else, we have ambitions and can conceive the spiritual world or god.

richard._.cayer
richard._.cayer
11 years ago

I clearly now understand that evolution would in-fact take place in extinction this reason to be said is an obvious answer. A species that underwent modification to adapt from previous genes the specie reproducing would transmit new information to their dna into the offspring’s. Years and years of this procedure would literally cause a common species to change its structure into something more profound, though it doesn’t mean that it will have more complex structures or cells that operate from previous ancestors. While this formation takes place in other babies previous structures will disappear overtime. In science wouldn’t you think previous structures been seen today, especially ancestors like Neanderthals whom would be walking around our earth with modern humans. I can estimate dna takes a great toll in evolution there must have been some genetic alteration either by the environment changes or the subconscious mind altering the whole population of the species. This idea again follows ape-men; if apes have been complex in their own dna structure wouldn’t they evolve into a non-complex orgasms, but better adaptive traits of their own kind. I find it odd that apes who underwent this law would only adapt to gain better physical traits, an ancient ape that evolved into a less adaptive human and then another evolution into a human. Though the ancient ape needed also to evolve to become more adaptive itself and afterwards became extinct, there is no logical sense.

docoman
docoman
11 years ago

A very interesting watch. I found the chimp's random number placement recall amazing. Hard after watching this to deny that we evolved from a common ancestor with the great apes. It makes many of the religious arguments, and human arrogance towards other species laughable.

john kay
john kay
12 years ago

suddenly i am craving a banana

Mark
Mark
12 years ago

I really enjoyed this documentary. Thank you TDF. Forgive me if I misuse some terminology. I am certainly no scientist. But I wonder if it can be postulated that, since the FoxP2 gene mutation has resulted in language and the consequent development of culture and technology and its transmission to subsequent generations, religion and mythology is perhaps just an example of social evolution being "stuck in neutral" or, in the case of current creationism fervor, a type of social devolution. I know it's probably a stretch, but it's interesting when thought of in that context.

Sabin Russell
Sabin Russell
12 years ago

the peanut in the tube test was dumb
they didnt show the children how to do it before the test
and they had mentioned the orangutans had prior experience
if you showed a child(3 year olds for sure) how to do it they would know
:(

Johny Abbott
Johny Abbott
12 years ago

lol

Vladimir Bogdanov
Vladimir Bogdanov
12 years ago

Unfortunately humans had discovered religion and went on a downward spiral since..

Abamovich
Abamovich
12 years ago

This is why testing on Great Apes must end now.

testicularfortitude
testicularfortitude
12 years ago

Ain't no chimp 8 times stronger than me...I just can buy that.

Angelica Guerrero
Angelica Guerrero
12 years ago

Fascinating documentary. I really enjoy learning about evolution.

nancy blu
nancy blu
12 years ago

Good doc.
The bit i found interesting was in the Learning Test section, where Billie the chimp dispensed with the by the rote example she learned by way of the scientist and the the black box routine, believed what her eyes told her and went straight for the prize where she could see it, as opposed to all the children tested, who went by rote, even though they could see the prize. I thought the conclusion drawn was strange, or perhaps, not fully realized. Yes, while this may denote the ability to learn complex steps in humans, i wonder had Billie not been able to get the prize the way she did, would she have fallen back to the method she learned from the black box experience. Given the termite tool test, it seems likely she would. Also, a conclusion i would be hard pressed to ignore would be that the children faithfully following the black box routine instead of believing the evidence of their eyes indicates a strong if not universal tendency in humans to disregard the obvious in the light of what, rational? Is this tendency what confidence men and the like rely upon when they perversely perpetrate their 'religions' and other shams upon the gullible and lemming like hordes?

Auditore
Auditore
13 years ago

Watching doc now and just had to jump in and comment about the "short-term" memory test and claim that apes are better at it than humans. That looked like more of a case of "photographic memory" I mean is "short-term" memory remembering what happened .65 milliseconds ago??? Love da doc tho.....

Gunnar Reiersen
Gunnar Reiersen
13 years ago

Several evolution deniers posting here have watched this documentary, and it doesn't seem to have changed their minds in the slightest. IMHO, denying the fact of evolution is aproximately on the same intellectual plane as insisting that the Earth is flat and the center around which the rest of the universe revolves. I wish we could all get over the false dichotomy that either God or evolution but not both can be real. Even among biologists with strong religious convictions, the percentage of them who deny the fact of evolution is very small.

One of the silliest claims made by religious believers is that only humans have souls. If there is such a thing as immortal souls, I can't imagine any valid justification for assuming that other living organisms are any less likely to have them than humans. Either all living organisms have some immortal essence that one could call a soul (that could perhaps be what distinguishes inanimate matter from living things), or none of them (including humans) do.

aaa
aaa
13 years ago

every evolution denier needs to be made to watch this doco

hypotheticallysapient
hypotheticallysapient
13 years ago

Unfortunately, this doc failed to distinguish the difference between Chimp selfish co-operation and the astonishing Bonobo altruistic co-operation with the plank test. Where Chimps failed, do to their Machiavellian thinking, Bonobos succeeded time after time, not only sharing the food, handing pieces over prior to even taking a bite. Nor does it mention the jaw-dropping long term memory capacities of Orangutans, their ability to think abstractly and draw conclusions after careful consideration. Nevertheless, quite informative ... I didn't know about the accidental discovery of the jaw muscle mutation, softening the skull to gradually accommodate a larger brain.

max
max
13 years ago

@hooty toledo.

Whether England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are independent countries is not subject to definition, It may be to opinion, but legally, politically, culturally etc, they are independent countries.

and the republic of Ireland is a different thing entirely as it is in no way joined to the United Kingdom politically.

The issue of Northern Ireland and the republic of Ireland is a separate one again.

Anyway, the point was they are independent countries and that is, legally and politically at least, not subject to definition.

Hooty Toledo
Hooty Toledo
13 years ago

There seems to be much (understandable) confusion regarding Britain/UK/England/Ireland/Wales/Scotland,etc. Hopefully this will help:

Great Britain is comprised of Wales, Scotland, and England. If you add Northern Ireland to that list then it is collectively known as the United Kingdom.

However as to whether England, Wales, Scotland, and N Ireland are considered independent countries seems subject to definition and opinion.

Sorry that wasn't specific/relevant to the doc, but i guess the subject of threads can evolve too...(see what i did there?)

As for the evolution vs creationism debate, it seems to come down to whether you can assess evidence with a rational mindset or not.

ashbreaksstuff
ashbreaksstuff
13 years ago

I laughed so hard when that dude was making chimp sounds. lol

D-K
D-K
13 years ago

Gave us golf and man-skirts. And Braveheart!

Good people.

Randy
Randy
13 years ago

@Sadie

Yes, I went back and re-read the first post I ever read of yours and it says that you were, "...often confused with being Scottish...".

My mistake... of course, that post also had a long history of your family and a bunch of stuff about a xmas vacation and... blah blah blah...

I really only commit to memory those people and posts that interest me. I only half remembered that one...

I also forgot that you had a daughter and was once married to an American... oh well... I'm sure I'll forget all of this again, too, frankly.

So, sorry to have confused you with a Scot, (although, there certainly is no shame in that! Scots are wonderful people!).

Joe_nyc
Joe_nyc
13 years ago

(I have a lot of South Korean friends who live in America– who are waaaay more intelligent than I, but fled South Korea because of christian persecution…)

LOL - Randy sorry but I have to steal this line..it's too funny

Sadie The Celt
Sadie The Celt
13 years ago

@ Randy

No Randy - I never said I was Scottish! my Father was 100% Irish, and my mum is 100% Welsh.
thats why I am a Celt - seems Charles B. has a better memory than you!

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

I'm so ignorant, sometimes! Sadie said "Welsh" didn't she? But I'm not entirely sure what people group that is. It's not "Scottish" is it? My co-teacher is Irish and he explained a little to me about Northern Ireland and Ireland, but it only made matters more muddled in my mind.

I also have a lovely Christian friend from Cornwall, U.K. is that close to you, Sadie?

Dr. Randy: I don't support "moudering" people in trucks; that's just plain not nice. So far I've survived whever I've found myself (I used to work in the Muslim headquarters building in the Philippines, but not actually for them)--they're more likely to "trunk" someone than Christians are at the moment.

Death in Korea is usually by "traffic accident" rather than by militant Christians.

I vaguely knew my barbar was a Muslim in Manila, and he'd come do my hair at my house especially for me, but I didn't realize how bad of a temper he had until he got mad at the water truck and knifed one of the kids working there; he was wanted for murder before that even. LOL. Glad I always treated him kindly and paid him well! I think the boy survived however.

My wife when 8 months pregnant wouldn't let me go to the market alone. I asked her, "Honey are you afraid I'll be raped and robbed by some wild woman in the market place?" She said, "Raped and robbed would be ok, but I don't want them to kidnap you for randsom, because we don't have the money to buy you back!" :-)

Never a dull moment in the "ghetto"! We just built a new house there, and one man was walking by our house litterally licking his lips, and I asked who he was, and they told me, "He's the neighborhood super sneaky thief!" Comforting thought. Must not be too sneaky if they know it's him!

Reasons Voice
Reasons Voice
13 years ago

I love the Scotts!! Scottish and insult is an oxy-moron. Especially when they been drinking. That heavy brogue on booze is fun as all hel1.

Randy
Randy
13 years ago

Sadie, did you not write that you were Scottish?

I have said repeatedly that I as an Irishman, love the Scots, no insult was intended... I was merely repeating the information you gave me.

What I suspect is that you have no self identity. That is a serious problem for you. I have watched you latch onto any strong personality on this site, that is sad.

Talk to your psychiatrist but understand this above all other things: no MALE, (including your father) will complete or define you. Only YOU must do that. You must do that FIRST! Then all other things must follow.

You have grave work to do, my darling.

Sadie The Celt
Sadie The Celt
13 years ago

@ Randy

scottish huh? now thats pure insult - (sit back and relax Charles B.) this ones mine! grrrrrrrrrr

Randy
Randy
13 years ago

It's easy to be a christian in South Korea, the most christ-y place on Earth, (even more than Italy, if you can believe it!).

Try to be a Satanist there, or an Atheist! Hmmmm....

I would vanish in that place and my wife would be at the U.S. State Department saying, "I'm pretty sure I had a husband... long hair... pointy goatee, sometimes crippled, bought Stephen Hawking some Arby's a couple times... Anything?"

I would be mouldering in a trunk somewhere, right where the good christians left me. Whatever...

(I have a lot of South Korean friends who live in America-- who are waaaay more intelligent than I, but fled South Korea because of christian persecution...)

Achems Razor
Achems Razor
13 years ago

@Charles B:

AH! the final frontier! KOREA, wonder how many places are left to spew your, as Randy our CEO says, "satanic verses", hmmm? (LOL) so funny!

See, what did I tell you? Randy does have a heart as big as Texas, no knocking on your door in the middle of the night by black robed figures wearing upside-down crosses and with aluminum appendages. (LOL)
So rest easy!!

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

I don't feel "evil" but you are right, I'm not good. I'm nothing apart from Christ!

Ok. Fun story time! This one's to brighten Dr. Randy's day . . . . We went to the hospital on Sunday to pray for Deacon Yun's mom who broker her leg. We prayed so fervently that everyone else in the hospital wing (like 4 other people) wanted prayer too! Ya gotta love Korea.

Randy
Randy
13 years ago

Thank you, sweety!

Don't P*ke on my shoes... oh DAMMIT!

You scots could never hold yer liqiuor... (just kidding!)

Sadie The Celt
Sadie The Celt
13 years ago

@ Randy

so you and Charles B. are 'polar opposites' huh? hmmmmmmmm let me think a minute...............

ive thunk, whats that about polar opposites attracting? (as in magnetsism)?

missed you Randy!

Randy
Randy
13 years ago

@Sadie

Never say that. Never. I swear to whatever god you hold sacred, if I ever disscovered that were true, I would put a bullet into my left eye.

Charles B. and I are polar opposites, my darling!

He is evil--- I am good. (His god is Satanic, although he does not realize it... science shows this to be true, his bible is a Satanic bible...)

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

I'd like to meet Vlatko, Mr. Razor, and Sadie as well. As far as I know, no one's even close to me here in Korea! Epic seems too "up-tight" for me. But he's an occasional pot smoker! An up-tight toker is an oxymoron, isn't it?

Topdocs helped me make the decision to be more "tollerant" of weed puffers in general. But still, not something I recommend; wear it, write on it, make rope out of it, use it if needed as medicine, but not so keen on private party use!

Peace to Epic and to all! :-)

Sadie The Celt
Sadie The Celt
13 years ago

@ Charles B.
@ Randy

I am ashamed to admit I feel quite 'choked up' - youse guys are a great duo!
Im back on Court again tomorrow so Ill be bit 'bogged down' with legal stuff but Im keeping my eye on youse so play nice!
Sade x

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

Ah, that's better!

I was actually concerned for you Dr. Randy (mostly). Humor via the internet just looses something along the way as you can't gage the 90 percent of communication which they say is non-verbal and it's hard to tell when somethings catches a nurve until after the disaster happens.

If you can't come visit me any longer, maybe I'll try and swing by New Jersey when I'm in the neighborhood (but that's highly unlikely in the near future.

Peace.

Randy
Randy
13 years ago

@Charles B.

Look, man, you have nothing to fear from me, really. If you know my posts you know my baseball bat handling days are far behind me, and I can't even fly in a plane any more because of my MS.

But, you pi$$ed me off and insulted my wife, and took no responsibility for your actions, like your church teaches... typical!

("if it's bad, the devil did it; if it's good, god did it, I'm just a pawn..." that is serial killer thinking, frankly...)

Go, live your life. Be happy and free as a fawn!

Hallowe'en is coming...

RANDY

jono
jono
13 years ago

Maybe the day of judgement is coming because of the LHC O.o

JK folks

D-K
D-K
13 years ago

@Galloway:

Every day is non-judgement day.

Galloway Grumblefield
Galloway Grumblefield
13 years ago

Non-judgment day is coming! Tax the churches.

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

Where is Dr. Randy? I worry about him when I don't see his posts. I hope that he's just busy and not having a flare up of his MS.

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

John. I AM right with God. The "day of judgment" shall not be a bad day for me! Hum. No other comments here for two days? That's a bit odd.

Charles B.
Charles B.
13 years ago

John. I AM right with God. The "day of judgment" shall not be a bad day for me! I've longed for the day when I see Him Whom I have believed in face to Face more than once. But I agree with you, it's closer now than it was a day ago!

Hum. No other comments here for two days? That's a bit odd.