If Humans Are Descended From Apes, Why Are There Still Apes?
Recently two close friends of mine, whose intelligence I respect, when the subject of evolution came up casually in conversation repeated the comment that's the title of this post: “If humans are descended from apes, why are there still apes?” Frankly, I was appalled. The slightest investigation of evolution answers this question. It’s as if they had said to me, “We can tell that the sun goes around the earth because we can see it move through the sky.” Humans are not descended from modern apes. Instead on the tree of life both humans and modern apes share a common ancestor from whom the two species then split off. We are most genetically similar to chimpanzees, so our common ancestor likely was shared with them, and finding the “Chimp Human Last Common Ancestor” has been one of the goals of evolutionary scientists. Current thinking is that the split occurred around 6 million years ago, though there are arguments for both a longer and a shorter time. The CHL