For only those who believe in evolution. Are humans apes according to evolution?Posted by: Mathgeekjoe
By evolution I mean macroevolution which is defined as major evolutionary change. The term applies mainly to the evolution of whole taxonomic groups over long periods of time.
Humans are apes, human are a Hominoidea which means ape.
Humans are not apes, humans and apes evolved from an apelike ancestor but not an ape.
Technically we are apes. Ape is an umbrella term that encompasses many different species, including homo sapiens. The term ape refers to any primate species, with no tails (most of the time). Humans are apes and our ancestors evolved from a common ancestor of chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas, which are also ape species.
Taxonomically speaking, yes, humans are classified under the family Hominidae, otherwise known as the great apes, along with chimps, gorillas and orangutans. But the other statement is also partially true, humans evolved from a common ancestor with the rest of the great apes fairly recently compared with our common ancestry with other species, that's what makes us so closely related to them.
There is not much of a debate here... It is only a matter of vocabulary and how you call things. The closest living relative to chimpanzee is human. Not orang-utan or gorilla but human. So saying that we are not apes makes the chimpanzee a human... I'd rather say that we (us, chimps, bonobos, gorillas and orang-utans) are all apes. And if your self esteem is not comfortable with it, just say that we are one damn smart ape.
Are fish humans? This makes no sense, humans aren't apes.
Is a turnip human, I mean do we look like turnips??
Ok.. ape is mostly a useless term. in one sense, there is really only one ape.. the Barbary Ape, and that is a macaque. Its the only animal with "ape" in its name. Otherwise ape is an English word used to loosely define a few primates; Gibbons, Orangs, Gorillas and Chimps. It was never intended to include us - we already have a word.. "humans". Ape is really not a technical term. So if you want to know what group we belong to - its not apes; there are some very good technical group names to use instead for that reason. If you want to be included in the "apes" - that's cool. And if you don't that's cool too. but "ape" is not the right category for us. Humans (one of the hominin primate species) evolved from a common ancestor with chimps and we are still trying to pin down the details of that relationship and what went before. End of.