Humans are animals. We aren’t any more
evolved than any other species, but we evolved
down a different path from other species, just
like foxes evolved down a different path than
raccoons.We are not monkeys, but we share a
common ancestor. We are primates, meaning that
we have thumbs that can touch all of our other
fingers (opposable thumbs). Our eyes are in the
front of our faces, so we can see in 3D. We
did not evolve from any of the other primates that
are still around, but we came from species that
lived millions of years ago and had several
branches on their family tree. If you go back
far enough, you would even find an ancestor that
we shared with modern fish, but we didn’t
evolve from any fish that are still around.
All living things can evolve. Evolution just
means a change in how common certain genes are.
The changes can be small. If populations get
separated long enough, they can change in ways
that eventually make them new species. Humans
haven’t necessarily stopped changing, but it’s in
very small ways. The longer the lifespan is in a
species, the longer it would take to see a change.
Humans are all one species. In order for humans to
split into new species, a group of humans would
have to be isolated somewhere for tens or hundreds
of thousands of years, maybe some lost space
colony someday will do that.
Having a big brain is a big part of being
human, but that doesn’t mean that other species
will get bigger brains (Some big animals
already have brains bigger than ours, but for
our body size, are brains are big and
complex.) Having a big brain costs a lot of
energy. Other species are successful by being
stronger than we are, or smaller, or faster.
Having a bigger brain might actually lower their
survival. Birth is already difficult in humans
because of our big heads.
You might be interested in studying human
evolution more. Here’s a good site for that:
Thanks for asking,
We're apes. Apes and monkeys are very
similar animals, but there are some
differences. Monkeys for example have long
tails that they can use to grab things, while apes
don't. I'm not sure anybody really knows what the
last ancestor that we share in common with monkeys
was like. It probably was more monkey-like than
ape-like, but was probably neither quite a monkey
nor quite an ape.
Much much earlier, our ancestors were more
fish-like, but again, they weren't any living kind
In the family tree of all living things, there
was a branch of the tree that split millions of
years ago. One branch evolved into monkeys and
the other branch evolved into us. Another way
to understand is this: There was an animal
millions of years ago that was our ancestor and
also the ancestor of monkeys. More millions of
years ago, we had a fish-like ancestor. About
3 billion years ago, all living things only had 1
cell. Those living things are the ancestors
of us and monkeys and fish and all the other
plants and animals in the world.
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