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Humans, chimps, and orangutans

Orangutan
Marty’s photo of the day #1520: I just finished reading “Last Chance to See” by Douglas Adams. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Since it’s in my field, I don’t know how it escaped my reading list for so long. This photo I took of an orangutan in Borneo brings to mind an interesting fact from Adams’ book: orangutans, chimpanzees, and humans all came from a common ancestor. If you have a basic knowledge of science, you already know that. But here’s something you probably don’t know: orangutans branched off sooner than chimps and humans, so chimpanzees are actually more closely related to humans than they are to orangutans!

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