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Friday, December 23, 2005

Evolution: Humans and Chimpanzees Even Closer Than We Thought

Through recently conducted research, scientists have narrowed the time range limits within which the homo (human) line split from our closest animal relative, the chimpanzee. They conclude that the common ancestor of both chimpanzees and humans is now more likely placed firmly between 3 million and 7 million years ago. This contrasts with the more commonly accepted range of between 3 and 13 million years.

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