5. The Evidence for the Theory is Irrefutable ==>
   5.1. Direct Evidence ==>

5.1.8. Our Closest Ancestor

Our closest ancestor on the tree of life is the chimpanzee!

We did not evolve from apes or monkeys.

One of your earliest ancestors!

At some point, our common ancestor

As the years have passed, however, the gulf between humans and the rest of the apes has narrowed considerably. We have discovered just how similar the apes are to humans. Decades of field research by pioneering anthropologists like Jane Goodall with the chimpanzees and the late Dian Fossey with the mountain gorilla have demystified these majestic creatures and surprised us with their amazing behavioral similarities to humans.

Both chimpanzees and gorillas can learn sign language, communicate in simple sentences, and make and use very sophisticated tools. Their societies are very sophisticated compared with those of any other animal and show us many insights into the complexities of human societies as well.