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If people evolved from apes why are there still apes?

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Why There Are Still Apes
  • Many people believe that man did not evolve from apes at all, we were created by God in His own image. That God gave man a human soul that makes them individual.

  • The only other option is a theory called evolution, by which over billions of years, the whole earth and everything in it was formed by hydrogen, which spread through the universe at the Big Bang, an explosion in which the hydrogen was formed.

  • Human beings (homo sapiens) related faintly related. Humans and other apes might share a common ape or ape-like ancestor.

  • A species only evolves to help it in its survival. The apes' ancestors could survive being an ape so they didn't continue to evolve, whereas our ancestors kept evolving to help them stay alive. Survival of the fittest is what drives evolution, and our ancestors just happened to "need" evolution more than the apes. Evolutionary process is performed by mutations, which are usually harmful or fatal. For evolution to occur, an incredible chance happened so that the mutation would not harm or kill the new creature.

  • Apes and humans evolved from an unknown common ancestor. This ancestor split up and evolved into different species, one became erect and the other continued as it was.

  • Humans didn't evolve from apes; rather, we and apes evolved from a common ancestor (who is no longer with us, we have no fossils proving this fact, but we believe it anyway). The relationship is more like cousins than parent-child.

  • By a very great chance, humans developed a brain that allows them to think, love, and be individual persons. Christians call this a soul. It elevates us above beasts.

  • There are still apes because some apes did not evolve into people. If rocks are crushed into stones, why are there still rocks? There are still rocks because some rocks did not get crushed into stones.

  • Different species have evolved according to the conditions and ecological niches they find themselves in. Speciation occurs when a subtle change confers an advantage on a given population.

  • It is also important to remember that not all changes of animals mean it has evolved. Animals have great genetic variety, to suit different environments. This is called natural selection.

    Let's think of a simple example of changes by natural selection:

    If the world were suddenly covered in snow, and polar bear-type predators invaded everywhere, it stands to reason that they'd be more likely to eat dark-colored animals which they could see more easily.

    That would give an advantage to animals which, by chance or design, happened to be white. Animals of a usually black type which happened by chance to be *partly* white might also escape the bears. They would then be most likely to breed, passing on the white genes to their offspring.

    Over time, through breeding in a selective group, all animals would become white, as the ones least suited to their environment were weeded out. Some species which were unable, by chance, to adapt, would go extinct as the polar bears ate the lot of them.

    So, humans have evolved in a different way than chimps, gorillas and orangutans because the requirements of the environment we found ourselves in were different. It was an advantage for us to go in the direction we went, just as it was for the other apes.

    Evolution works randomly. Natural Selection works towards the animal's specific needs. The mutation to create more hair in a cold environment would be in a specific population so some humans in the group would have more hair by nature (genetically). These individuals would in turn have a greater chance for survival in the cold environment. As they are selected for by nature their percentages will increase. More of the hairier humans will survive to reproduce and their children will be genetically driven to be hairier. That is just one of the marvelous and logical ways evolution in our nature world occurs.
  • Natural selection is variations in genetic genetic variety that changes a species within itself. For instance, say a tribe of fair skinned people traveled to a very hot climate, those people with darker skin would be more likely to survive thereby passing on there dark skinned genes and eventually weeding out the fair skinned people.
  • Evolution only occurs when it is necessary. Some apes evolved into man because either they moved to a new environment or their existing environment changed, making evolution necessary for survival. So, the apes who needed to adapt to their new environment through evolution to survive either did so or were wiped out (apparently, they changed, creating the human race), or stayed in a friendly environment, making evolution unnecessary and therefore, nonexistent (the apes in these conditions remained apes).

  • Technically, humans are apes.
  • Science never said humans evolved from apes. Science said that humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor. That makes humans and apes related species. And those who abhor the idea of humans evolving from apes may be even more incensed to learn that we did not evolve from apes, but from a more primitive species.
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People did not evolve from apes. Humans and apes have a common ancestor. No theory of evolution states that humans evolved from apes.


If we're evolving and evolved from monkeys or apes then why is there still monkeys and apes. We did not evolve from apes or monkeys. We branched off a common line. Humans did not evolve from apes. Humans and apes had a common ancestor . Apes evolved in one direction and we evolved in another. We probably looked a lot alike at first.


Yes he is wrong because if we evolved from apes, apes would still be turning into humans.


No. All he said was that humans and apes have a common ancestor.


People are believed to have evolved from apes, millions of years ago.


They are mammals, they are not monkeys but similar. They have no tails, they are pretty smart, there are different species of apes such as gorillas, orangutan's and chimpanzees and some people believe that we evolved from apes and some people don't.


Considering humans and apes share 98% of their DNA, it is highly probable that we evolved from apes. Althoug humans may have evolved from apes, it is more likelt that we are both descended from a common ancestor.



apes apes to be fair if we did evolve from apes then why are they still alive shouldnt they have died of ages ago! :)


Humans are in fact, apes so in a sense we do give birth to apes.


Humans evolved from apes. So Apes came first.


Men, just like chimpanzees, are apes. Now substitute chimpanzees for man, and you'll see why the question is based on an misunderstanding of what common descent means: why are there still apes if chimpanzees evolved from apes?Evolution produces diverging lineages - but each lineage remains part of the group it descended from. Chicken are still birds; birds are still dinosaurs; humans are still mammals - but not every bird is a chicken; not every dinosaur has been a bird; not every mammal is human.Another way of rephrasing the question would be this: why are there still Europeans if Americans descended from Europeans? Or: why do you have cousins if you descended from your grandparents?


we evolved from apes, unless the aliens put us here. In which case, it was by spaceship.


Charles Darwin believed that apes evolved from earlier, more primitive species, which in turn evolved from even earlier species. Ultimately, all mammals, including the apes and humans, evolved from the first mammal species, which in turn evolved from earlier species, and so on back to the beginning of life on Earth.


Well people say that humans evolve from monkeys but life on Earth has evolved through billions of years through small microorganism's. Also humans didn't evolve from apes, we evolved from a common ancestor but we just evolved in a different way to apes due to environment e.g. food, predators etc


The human species evolved from apes. Chimpanzees are a type of monkey, and the major differences between monkeys and apes is that monkeys have tails and apes do not. For example, the gorilla is an ape and it does not have a tail. In the same way, humans do not have tails either.


Humans did not evolve from apes. We share a common ancestor with apes. If you are talking about why the public rejected the idea that we evolved from apes back when the theory was proposed, it was because the public thought we were to "superior" to have evolved from such a "primitive" animal.


Millions of years ago, there was a species that is the common ancestor of apes and humans. The range of that species was split somehow. One part of the population evolved into humans. The other part evolved into apes. Hence, the apes and monkeys that are alive today are not our direct ancestors, but our evolutionary cousins.


No. His theory stated that man and apes have a common ancestor.


Cats did not evolve from sabertoothed tigers. Rather, sabertoothed cats evolved from other cats. Modern apes evolved from miocene apes, which were somewhat similar. Miocene apes evolved from some lemur-like primate, or perhaps something like a lorise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loris


We have a common ancestor.We evolved from apes, that's why we are classified as apes today.Apes evolved from monkeys, that makes apes a type of monkey.Therefore humans are a type of monkey.We are also a type of verterbrate, simian, mammal, great ape etc etc etc Humans are NOT a type of monkey but are a type of ape. apes and monkeys are both primates and have a common but apes are not monkeys, apes didnt evolve from monkeys either but share a relatively recent common ancestor. humans are apes.


Humans evolved from apes.


Man did not originate from apes per se, rather we share a common ancestor with them. This is a common misconception about evolution. Humans evolved to fit their environment, apes evolved to fit theirs.


I think it did happened. My teacher says it a theory that humans evolved from apes. My mother said it's a fact. Everyone has their opinions.


Some apes *are* humans - notably all humans, since they are descended from apes. But evolution is not a ladder: it is a branching tree. While some apes evolved to become humans, other lineages of ape went in other directions, and became chimps, bonobos, gorillas, and so on.



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