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Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), sometimes colloquially known as chimps, are hominids native to Africa. Chimps share 96% of their DNA with humans, meaning that genetically speaking chimpanzees are more similar to humans than African elephants are to Indian elephants.
Chimpanzees have 48 chromosomes; humans have 46 chromosomes. Scientists have found evidence of two ancestral chromosomes of the great apes which seem to have fused - making Chromosome 2 in humans. The analogous chromosomes (2p and 2q) in the non-human great apes can be shown, when laid end to end, to create an identical banding structure to the human chromosome 2, which explains why humans have one less pair than the rest of the great apes. Plenty of evidence backs up this hypothesis, even evidence from the telomere (the ending sequence of the chromosome), and the centromere.
A chimpanzee in Austria is the first to have the opportunity to receive the same rights as a human being. Rumor has it that a negative issue from the court concerned will result in a thousand-chimp march down Vienna's streets.[citation NOT needed]
Chimpanzees in Fongoli, Senegal, have used spears to hunt and kill prey. Chimpanzees might also have, er, a "proto-religion", observers having seen some worshipping a tree, and also dancing in strange rituals around, above all things, fire, possibly indicating they have an actual understanding of fire, tho' that may be going a bit too far. However, it pays to be careful not to anthropomorphize animals too much, because assuming animal minds work exactly like human minds is philosophically problematic.
Phylogenetic tree showing only extant (living) taxa:
- And by extension transmisogynoir, for no reason other than it supports their views.
- Chimps, Humans 96 Percent the Same, Gene Study Finds, Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic 31 August 2005
- After genome sequencing, scientists find 95% similarity in Asian, African elephants, ET Bureau, Economic Times 18 December 2015
- Alpha Males Do Not Exist, Adam Ruins Everything
- What do Chimp Temples tell us about the origin of religions. New Scientist, by Rowan Hooper.
- Chimps may be performing rituals at "shrine trees" - Smithsonian Magazine
- "Animal cognition" - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy