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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Whoever wrote this crap should be shot. Even a devout evolutionist does not believe a bonobo is an ancestor to a human.
That bonobos ate bonbons?
They should probe the genome of the Obanobo, a key descendent of Marx.
Wait a minute; didn’t someone find Algore in this list maybe somewhere near the bottom?
I just checked my family tree.
Didn’t see Grandpa Bonobo there...
Liberals have found grandpa, bonobo, an African ape. Does it look like obuma if he had a son?
You’re definitely related.
I can hear the resemblance.
The most recent discovery was that all the Great Apes have their chromosomes spliced together one way, and we have an entirely different way. Actually, it's almost opposite the way it's done in apes.
The division between humans and apes may well go back much further than anyone imagines ~ with the similarities being mostly parallel evolution.
Indeed. The deeper we go, the more we find that separates us from the other Primates. Your main point is dead on: if we and they belong to the same biological tree, the branches are widely separated.
This more recent discovery that during sexual reproduction the germ cell chromosomes bind to their partners with a different method than that used by the other apes definitely raised questions about how we ended up having some of our genes in common.
There are undoubtely ways other than sexual reproduction to acquire genes from other critters. We just don't know them yet. When we do I think our ideas about life's origins will change more than dramatically.
While the bonobo may be the surviving species with DNA most similar to us, our last common ancestor kicked the bucket some seven million years ago. Amazingly stupid headline.
Where does this leave Obama?
Remeber that old saw: the more I know the more I know I dont know. Whatever makes us, US is still largely a mystery. No wonder the sci fi folks float the idea that our seed was planted by aliens. We are THAT different from other critters
Uh, that's a big bonono.
(Smoking frogs, on the other hand. . . .)
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!