From Chimps to People

Although chimpanzees and people share many genes, there are key biological differences.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 2, 2005

It can be fascinating to watch chimpanzees at the zoo. Chimps are the closest, living animal relatives to people. Watching them can be like watching ourselves.

At 3 years old, chimpanzee Tammy is self-confident, bold, and smart. She lives at the Saint Louis Zoo and especially enjoys grapes, scrunchies, picture books, and blankets.

At 3 years old, chimpanzee Tammy is self-confident, bold, and smart. She lives at the Saint Louis Zoo and especially enjoys grapes, scrunchies, picture books, and blankets.

Photo by Carol Weerts, Saint Louis Zoo

To figure out just how similar people and chimps are, scientists have been studying DNA—material in every cell that makes up ge...

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