No, there are no living species that are our
ancestors, but we do share a common ancestor.
Gorillas are actually not our closest living
relatives, chimpanzees are actually closer
relatives, but they are not our ancestors either.
This site click
hear to see shows a nice family tree (we call
these cladograms) of some of the primates.
What it doesn’t show is the ancestors we have in
common. That is because they went extinct
millions of years ago.
You are probably asking this because we look a
lot like gorillas in a lot of ways. We have hands
instead of paws, hooves or fins. We have noses
instead of snouts. We don’t have fur-covered
faces. Our ears have a similar shape. We share a
lot of the same features with gorillas and chimps,
but we did not get them directly from any living
species. We got them from the same ancestors.
What are some other ways we are like, or
different from, our primate “cousins?”
If these kinds of questions interest you, you
may want to study evolutionary biology or
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