Re: Orangs as Closest

Michael Snyder (
8 Aug 1996 16:31:33 GMT

> > Anyone up on the hypothesis that Orangs are humans' closest extant

According to Jared Diamond, Orangs and Humans share a little over
96 percent of their genes (differing in just under 4 percent). The
genetic difference between Humans and Gorillas is about 2.3 percent
(making them genetically closer to us than Orangs), and the genetic
difference between Humans and Chimps is about 1.6 percent (making
them our closest living relatives).

Jared Diamond, "The Third Chimpanzee", HarperCollins Books,
Copyright 1992.