Quora Question: Scientists keep saying that humans and apes share the same ancestors. Do they?
Answer: Yes, they do, because it’s a fact. Even if we’d never heard of Darwin, the discovery that our genome lines up perfectly with those of the other apes, even down to the vestigial viral fragments makes it obvious. And if it didn’t, the fact that our #2 chromosome is clearly a fusion of two ape chromosomes that occurred through a relatively recent copy is proof, all by itself, that we are apes. (C Stuart Hardwick, Scifi author and science nerd.)
Quora never seems to tire of writing about Evolution. And I never tire of reading them. What follows is mostly from the Quora Digest, in my ordering with a few words of my own.
Human ancestors diversified from the rest of the great apes about 6 million years ago, in Africa. The apes diversified from a common ancestor with the monkeys about 30 million years ago. All apes and monkeys diversified from a common population called Anthropoids which lived through the late Cretaceous, and took advantage of the decline of the terrestrial dinosaurs at that time.
The prosimians, anthropoids, and all the other clades of mammals split off from an ancestral population that lived alongside the dinosaurs, and it in turn split off from the marsupials at least 125 million years ago.
I’l leave you with just two of my own conclusions to all this. And a great thankyou to Quora who never seems to get enough of Evolution. I’m the same way.
Evolution happened—and happens. The only way to deny it is to ignore the whole of the natural world—to ignore the creation itself. If that’s not blasphemous, then there is no such thing. Evolution happened and is still happening, and we can prove it to a reasonable person’s satisfaction.
In the case of God we don’t know yet if “it” ever happened, or if it’s still happening. Sure we would like to believe it did and is still, but as of this time there are no proofs of the one or the other. And not to know if there is a god, and to admit that one doesn’t know, is not blasphemous.