Surely by now, everyone knows that humans are an animal. Furthering that, surely everyone knows we're an ape too? Good, now that's out of the way we'll take a look at our closest animal relatives.
In the not too distant past we shared a common ancestor with these chaps, we are however the last remaining species of human having outsmarted the other species many years ago. The great apes are the closest thing we have left, so let's take a closer look at each of the world's great apes and find out just how much of a family resemblance there is between us.
Of all the great apes, the Orangutan is the furthest from us but there are still many striking similarities. The only ape species to originate in Asia, Orangutans are divided into two subspecies; the Bornean and Sumatran. The most tree dwelling of the lot, Orangutans live a more solitary life than the other great apes with only mothers and young infants forming family units while the rest swing from branch to branch alone. Highly intelligent, they are known to make and use a wide variety of rudimentary tools. Living potentially as many as 40 years, Orangutans have the most similar diet to ourselves of any great ape as they chow down on birds eggs, insects, bark, vegetation, honey and, mostly, fruit. How similar to us are they really? Well, 96-97 percent of our DNA is identical. So pretty close. Notable features are, of course, those fantastic reddish brown locks and the longest arms of any great ape which averages out at around two metres. Dominant males also have those distinctive cheek pads, which certainly makes them look far more distinguished than any human cheek.
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