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Here's a handy tree to show you how humans and chimps are related: http://uglicoyote.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/primatephylogeny.jpg
the belief is that humans and chimps were from common ancestry... though we both have the same amount of chromosomes.
and your picture supports that.
according to anthropologists etc.. we all share the same common ancestry way back .. like homo erectus or something.. maybe homo aferensis
I'm pretty sure chimps branched off long before Homo erectus... Basically, around 5-6 million years ago, a population of some sort of (probably) African primate divided into two groups. One of those groups went on to become chimpanzees, and the other group went on to become humans (through a variety of stages, with plenty of smaller populations of human-like animals splitting off at various times and then going extinct.)
The chart doesn't help.
homo erectus was one of the few i remember from my human origins class :)
I'm so confused...how do I find the correct answer? Not to be rude.
Is it C?
humans did not descend from chimps.
Homo erectus lived a couple of million years ago, I think, and was either directly on the evolutionary line that eventually became humans or was on a side branch off that line. Our ancestors somehow became separated from the ancestors of chimps 5-6 million years ago. Before that, we had a common ancestor.
if you look at your picture.. you can solve this problem. see the pictures on the top.. lemurs to humans? now look at the paths leading off of the pictures.. this shows where each came from. the numbers on the side are years ago. so.. the longer then number of years ago the less species.. so look at your answers.. which makes sense.. strictly according to the picture?
would be my guess.. my next question is why they chose that naked lady for the human representation. i guess they could have put a loin cloth on her or something.
They drew all the other animals naked too.
lol.. well .. animals dont typically wear clothing :)
Thanks guys...sorry I didn't get it.
no problem. good luck :)
I think it's just an old tradition... a lot of medical and science books represent generic human beings with either a naked man or a naked woman. Most illustrations of parasite life cycles in my books involve drawings of naked people. Not sure why they do it, but it could be to show the anatomy (e.g. when emphasising the similarities between humans and primates) and/or to avoid clothing being a distraction. Keep in mind how fast fashions change, and how much a person's clothing can say about him/her.