Select from the frequently asked questions below
- Humans evolved from primates, a group of mammals that includes lemurs, monkeys and apes.
- Humans are part of the apes, but we did not evolve from apes, which also include chimpanzees and gorillas.
- About 5 to 7 million years ago, chimpanzees (our closest living relatives) and humans shared their last common ancestor.
- The ice ages allowed humans to migrate.
- Land bridges such as the Bering Strait allowed us to walk from the Old World to the New World.
- Use the resource below to answer the questions that follow.
When did researchers estimate that primates picked up extra genes? Why is this timing important to determining how these duplications affected relationships between primates?
Do humans and apes have a common ancestor, and if they do, does that mean that they have homologous structures?