Skip to comments.Scientists map genome of the bonobo, a key human ancestor
Posted on 06/13/2012 7:28:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog
Researchers have assembled the complete genome of the bonobo, an African ape that is one of humans' closest relatives.
The achievement, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, marks a milestone. Adding the bonobo genome to the already-sequenced human, chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan genomes gives scientists a complete catalog of the DNA of all of the so-called great apes.
That should help researchers better understand how humans evolved, scientists said.
"There's a common ancestor that we and these apes were derived from. We want to know what that ancestor looked like," said Wes Warren, a geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis, who was not involved in the research. "By adding the bonobo to the mix, we have a better idea."
Now, with all the great ape sequences complete, scientists can better use genetics to help determine whether a particular trait cropped up for the first time in humans, said Kay Pruefer, a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany.
Pruefer, who was first author of the bonobo genome study, worked with an international team to sequence the DNA of Ulindi, a female bonobo who lives at the Leipzig Zoo.
The work revealed new details about bonobos' early history, he said.
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Where does it say they are?
“The bonobo is popularly known for its high levels of sexual behavior. Sex functions in conflict appeasement, affection, social status, excitement, and stress reduction. It occurs in virtually all partner combinations and in a variety of positions. This is a factor in the lower levels of aggression seen in the bonobo when compared to the common chimpanzee and other apes. Bonobos are perceived to be matriarchal; females tend to collectively dominate males by forming alliances and use sexuality to control males. A male’s rank in the social hierarchy is often determined by his mother’s rank.”
Oops - stupid question - in the headline. Guess I read everything but that...
Leave it to incompetent headline writers to finally unite evolutionists and creationists in absolute agreement on something :)
I never thought about it being parallel evolution. That would be interesting. There are a whole lot of differences that no one has explained. Why are our hair follicles so different. Why do we have sub cutaneous fat layers like an aquatic mammal. Why do our females not go into “heat”. why does an ape’s skin pull away from its body like the hide of a dog and ours doesn’t. Why do apes not care where they defecate(like a goat, cattle, or birds) and we do care(like a cat or a dog)? Why have apes never figured out how to use clubs as weapons? Why do they have an innate fear of water and we have an innate love of water? Why do we sweat so much and apes don’t?
Well, I can see it being a distant relative of some liberals. That’s not too much of a stretch.
The perverts really push the human/bonobo commonality thingy, as the bonobo’s are prone to incest.
Can’t you people comprehend what you read? The article says we had a COMMON ancestor. It does NOT say we are descended from the Bonobo.
read the title, nitwit.
Ancestor? Fourth cousin twice removed, maybe!
A moment that changed me — my husband fell in love with a bonobo
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