Why are there still chimpanzees?

I also get asked this very silly question of why, if we ‘descended’ from apes, there are still apes. It used to take me a long time to explain how it all works, but now that Richard has made a nice little short movie showing WHY there are still chimps, I can finally direct them to a lucid, quick explanation of where we ‘fit’ in the Great Ape family. There are still lots of people out there who want to believe we’ve ‘evolved’ out of this category, but I think this is a sad attempt to forget the fact that we aren’t fundamentally very different from other animals. We should embrace the fact that we are apes, for what brilliant and amazing ones we are!

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