Scientists believed for years that the vast phenotypic differences between humans and chimpanzees would display significantly different genetic makeups. However, when their genomes were later sequenced, researchers were surprised to learn that the DNA sequences of human and chimpanzee genes are nearly identical. In molecular biology, "junk" DNA is a collective label for the portions of the DNA sequence of a chromosome or a genome for which no function has yet been identified.
When viewed within the broader context of our evolutionary history, we are anthropoid primates.
Author Affiliations 1 Ethologie Animale et Humaine, UMR 6552 - CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, Station Biologique, Paimpont, 35380, France
Biology Bonobos are highly intelligent, social animals. They live in stable communities that may have up to 150 members, although these will usually split into smaller groups in order to forage or travel (2).
What would it be like to converse with a bonobo?
In TED Talks on May 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm