Duh – Yes, Humans Are Great Apes


If you look up the family Hominidae, you’ll see that it includes all the “great apes”: orangutans, chimps (both common chimps and bonobos), gorillas, and humans. In other words, we are “great apes”. We are also “hominids”, a term once used to refer to every species on “our” side of the evolutionary tree since we diverged from the ancestors of the other apes, but now hominids refers to all the hominidae, and the former “hominid” is now “hominin“.   Finally, we are in the more inclusive superfamily Hominoidea[3], which are all apes, including the great apes and the gibbons.


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