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Scientists map genome of the bonobo, a key human ancestor
LA Times ^ | 14 June 2012 | Eryn Brown

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: evolution

1 posted on 06/13/2012 7:28:45 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Whoever wrote this crap should be shot. Even a devout evolutionist does not believe a bonobo is an ancestor to a human.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 7:32:14 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: smokingfrog
Ooo ooo eee ooo!

3 posted on 06/13/2012 7:34:17 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: smokingfrog
I call Bullshit! I am not the descendant of a bonobo. If anything, bonobos and humans may, and that's a big may, have a common ancestor homonid in the far distant past. We are not descended from Pongidiae.

I prescind from comment on the question whether I am a Neandertal. I admit to Irish ancestry - that's enough for any man.



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4 posted on 06/13/2012 7:36:53 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: smokingfrog
The work revealed new details about bonobos' early history

That bonobos ate bonbons?

5 posted on 06/13/2012 7:37:17 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: smokingfrog

They should probe the genome of the Obanobo, a key descendent of Marx.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 7:37:17 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: smokingfrog
Scientists map genome of the bonobo, a key human ancestor

There isn't a single scientist on the face of the planet who believes the bonobo is a human ancestor, key or otherwise. Whoever wrote the headline for the LA Times is a fool.
7 posted on 06/13/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Wait a minute; didn’t someone find Algore in this list maybe somewhere near the bottom?


8 posted on 06/13/2012 7:43:08 PM PDT by Bowtie52
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To: ConorMacNessa

I just checked my family tree.

Didn’t see Grandpa Bonobo there...


9 posted on 06/13/2012 7:51:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Interesting.

Liberals have found grandpa, bonobo, an African ape. Does it look like obuma if he had a son?


10 posted on 06/13/2012 7:53:55 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: I see my hands

You’re definitely related.

I can hear the resemblance.


11 posted on 06/13/2012 7:55:30 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
"Earthmen are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them round to dinner."


12 posted on 06/13/2012 8:00:56 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: mamelukesabre
Basically correct ~ Bonobos are not our ancestors, nor are chimps. Even gorillas don't cut it.

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.

13 posted on 06/13/2012 8:03:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

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.


14 posted on 06/13/2012 8:15:46 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: RobbyS
I recall when epigenetics became a real science within the last 5 years. Up to that moment there were people who thought genes were the be all end all of everything. Turns out they aren't, but then epigenetics is pretty slippery ~ i don't think the evolutionists have quite figured out what it does to their theories, but that's still ongoing.

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.

15 posted on 06/13/2012 8:25:08 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: smokingfrog

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.


16 posted on 06/13/2012 8:25:58 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: mamelukesabre

Where does this leave Obama?


17 posted on 06/13/2012 8:30:35 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: muawiyah

Remeber that old saw: the more I know the more I know I don’t 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


18 posted on 06/13/2012 8:32:19 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: smokingfrog
the bonobo, a key human ancestor

Uh, that's a big bonono.

(Smoking frogs, on the other hand. . . .)

19 posted on 06/13/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The human, a key human ancestor.)
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To: smokingfrog
Darn, at first I thought the scientists had decoded the Bonomo Genome. They and their Turkish Taffy have been extinct for some time.


20 posted on 06/13/2012 8:57:10 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: mamelukesabre

Where does it say they are?


21 posted on 06/13/2012 8:57:36 PM PDT by stormer
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To: smokingfrog

“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.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo


22 posted on 06/13/2012 9:13:58 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: mamelukesabre

Oops - stupid question - in the headline. Guess I read everything but that...


23 posted on 06/13/2012 9:23:29 PM PDT by stormer
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To: smokingfrog

Leave it to incompetent headline writers to finally unite evolutionists and creationists in absolute agreement on something :)


24 posted on 06/13/2012 9:36:20 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: muawiyah

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?


25 posted on 06/13/2012 10:21:55 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Well, I can see it being a distant relative of some liberals. That’s not too much of a stretch.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 11:48:41 PM PDT by trailboss800
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To: mamelukesabre

The perverts really push the human/bonobo commonality thingy, as the bonobo’s are prone to incest.


27 posted on 06/13/2012 11:49:55 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


28 posted on 06/14/2012 4:20:05 AM PDT by pacific_waters
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To: pacific_waters

read the title, nitwit.


29 posted on 06/14/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: smokingfrog

Ancestor? Fourth cousin twice removed, maybe!


30 posted on 06/14/2012 7:43:43 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: smokingfrog
On another note, I recall seeing an episode of "Nature" some years ago in which George Page intoned the sentence "Sexual intercourse is the grease that lubricates Pygmy Bonobo society."



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

31 posted on 06/14/2012 11:15:50 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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