vic asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

If humans evolved from apes why do apes still exist ?

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  • 1 month ago

    modern apes are NOT our ancestors. Think of them as our cousins. Modern apes like chimps, bonobos and gorillas are just as modern as we are. We co-evolved with them. So yes, we evolved from ancestral ape-like animals. And chimps, bonobos, and gorillas also evolved from ancestral ape-like animals. And at some point we all shared the same ancestral ape-like ancestor. 

    What set up apart is that each modern ape species and their predecessors evolved to adapt to unique biological niches, and so each were subject to differing evolutionary pressures. The pressures that our ancestors were subjected to selected for traits that developed into what we think of that makes us uniquely human. Had we been subjected to different sets of environmental pressures we would be very different from the way we are today, or perhaps extinct. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Because humans evolved from one line of apes. The other lines stayed as apes.  You think because one line evolved the other lines should disappear?  Humans and apes share a common ancestor.

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  • 1 month ago

    Good question I always wondered this

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  • 2 months ago

    This again. 

    -Humans are apes.

    -Humans and non-human apes share a common ancestor.

    -If all living beings evolved from bacteria, then how come bacteria still exist?

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  • 2 months ago

    Is that a joke?

    Are you making fun of fundies? That's not fair!

    Nowadays everybody knows how species split again and again, genetically drift apart, into "cousin" species.

    Fundies deserve to be left alone, as long as they keep their myths for themselves.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because new species can evolve from an existing one through a process known as budding evolution. It is called that because new species emerge in a similar way to a new branch budding out of an existing one. The old branch still exists, but there is now a new, additional branch.

    Budding happens when a small population of an existing species evolved into a new one. Many people mistakenly think that an old species gradually changes over long periods of time from one species into another. Because of budding evolution, we have a mix of old and new species. Of course, no species lasts forever. Therefore some of the species that were our direct ancestors of humans have become extinct. Even our closest cousins, the Neanderthals. have become extinct. Humans evolved from an ape that is closely related to the chimp, our closest living relative, but the chimp is still around. However, since we last shared an ancestor with an ape, some of the branches of that family tree have become extinct. These include the australopitheciens, or man-apes, which are in some ways like apes but in other ways resemble humans more. Our direct ancestor was Homo erectus, and evolved from an australopithecine 1.8 million years ago. H. erectus became extinct in Africa, where humans evolved, about 300,000 years ago. It also migrated to Asia (Peking Man and Java Man fossils are of this species). H. erectus also migrated to Europe, where they evolved into Neanderthals. When humans migrated out of Africa 60,000 years ago, we caused Neanderthals and H. erectus to become extinct, probably by killing them when we entered their territories.

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    • JimZ
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      2 months agoReport

      Since most of us have 2 to 4% Neanderthal, they didn't really become extinct.  Human Neanderthal hybrids went on to conquer the world and some of those mixed with Denisovans and Red Deer Cave People IMO.  

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  • 2 months ago

    Humans are apes. The difference is we became hairless and developed larger brains than other apes.

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  • JimZ
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    2 months ago

    You evolved from your grandparents but interestingly your cousins probably exist.  Species evolve from populations that split somehow.  For example, Bonobos and regular Chimps evolved into separate populations on both sides of the Congo River.  For about a million years, neither Chimps or Bonobos have been able to cross so both groups evolved their own separate ways.  If you gave them longer, they would likely evolve greater differences.  Humans are a type of ape. We are a branch of apes that evolved from earlier bipedal apes.  

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  • C
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    2 months ago

    You can't be old enough to type and not know the answer to this so I assume that there's a unit in "home skool academy" on asking stupid questions online and sitting back to see what happens.  We ARE a species of ape.  We share a common ancestor with other apes, some further back in time than others.  When you strip back all the bells and whistles of civilisation we are straight up simian in how we go about things. The mistake you make is thinking that evolution is heading for some kind of end product instead of meandering along.

    • JimZ
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      2 months agoReport

      Good answer.  It seems every time I see this question we get a bunch of "informed" answers that are wrong.  

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  • 2 months ago

    uh duhh must be magic.

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