Social differences despite genetic similarity between humans and chimps, Mary-Claire King
Interviewee: Mary-Claire King. Geneticist Mary-Claire King talks about the similarities and differences between chimps and humans. (DNAi Location: Applications > Human Origins > Comparisons > DNA > Anatomy, behavior, and genes)
Clearly humans and chimpanzees are socially very different and objectively, we made measurements of other people in Allan's lab made measurements of bone weights of humans and bone lengths of chimpanzees. And at the level of those sorts of anatomic differences, humans and chimpanzees are not 99% the same and they were properly classified in quite different taxa on the basis of anatomical differences. On the basis of behavioral differences, similar as we are, we're still appropriately classified in different families. But at the genetic level we were very much the same.
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