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RE (tilly) 3: Genetic Programming or breeding Perls

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Oct 05, 2000 at 16:11 UTC ( #35395=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to RE: RE: Genetic Programming or breeding Perls
in thread Genetic Programming or breeding Perls

Actually monkeys are primates but not the other way around.

The primates include lemurs, monkeys, and apes. The apes are the ones without tails, and we are apes. Among the great apes the chimpanzee and bonobo are closest, then we join in, then gorillas, and the orangutang is more distant. This is measuring by percentage of genetic material that is the same.

Yes, you heard it right. We are biologically more similar to chimps than either we or chimps are to gorillas.


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RE: RE (tilly) 3: Genetic Programming or breeding Perls
by Petruchio (Vicar) on Oct 06, 2000 at 13:38 UTC
    Making three groups of the primates, you'd do better to refer to prosimians, rather than lemurs. Prosimians include various lemurs, dwarf lemurs, cifaks, pottos, aye-ayes, bush babys, tarsiers, lorises, and probably a few other families I'm forgetting. Some of these have tails, some of them don't.

    In case you're wondering, I know such things because I had a girlfriend once who was really into prosimians. And actually, they are pretty cool.

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