• Question: Did we evolve from apes?

    Asked by quaversx to Ben, Clare, Ezzy, Mario, Sam on 15 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Sam Vinko

      Sam Vinko answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      No. We are closely related to apes, but we didn’t evolve from them. We rather evolved together with them, from a common ancestor some 8 million years ago, but along a different path so that today we are we, and apes are apes.

    • Photo: Clare Burrage

      Clare Burrage answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      We evolved from what are called the Great Apes, so did the other species of apes that we have on our Earth today like chimpanzees and gorillas. This happened about 15 million years ago. But we did not evolve from chimpanzees or gorillas, we just have the same ancestor.

    • Photo: Elizabeth Pearson

      Elizabeth Pearson answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      We evolved from primates I beleive. Two branches of the same tree.