Reblog: Our Cousins the Chimpanzees and Bonobos

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Reblogging my article on the Pagan Activist blog. In it I briefly discuss chimpanzees, bonobos, the threats facing them, and a few ways we can help.

I think it’s safe to say most people reading this will have heard that humans and chimps are more than 98% genetically identical. We’re just as close to bonobos, another great ape, though they’re not the same species. Like two distant cousins, we share the same amount of genes with each, while they remain distinct from one another. They are about 99% identical to one another, and together are the only two species in the genus Pan.