If you’re into music, you might know the folk tune “We Come From Monkeys” by Emerald Rose. The song humorously touches on evolution, highlighting the close genetic connection between humans and monkeys. In fact, we share nearly 99% of our DNA with primates, and their behaviors often mirror our own!
Primates are intelligent but lack many human reasoning and speech abilities. With that said, we can often be astounded by their intelligence. Gorillas, for example, can learn and communicate using American Sign Language. Many primate species, not just gorillas, are adept at basic tool usage (but I wouldn’t trust them with the car keys). From smaller monkey species to the great apes, primates have always captivated mankind with their intelligence and unique behavior.
Image from Wikimedia Commons.
DNA similarities aside, primates often show behaviors that demonstrate just how closely related they are to humans. For example, their reactions to common life circumstances can prove to be incredibly relatable! None of us like rain… these gorillas nailed a perfect and relatable response when it began raining at the London Zoo.
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