Joined: Sep. 2006
| Ya see there isnít any genetic data that can account for the physiological and anatomical differences observed between chimps and humans.|
Chimpanzees and humans are closely related organisms and share nearly all the same genes. Genomics is still a relatively new science, so it is not surprising there are still so many open questions. However, recent research is starting to reveal new insights into human evolution. †
One such feature that distinguishes humans from other apes is a rapidly evolving gene involved in neural growth in the cerebral cortex.
Nature: The human factor †
|What makes humans unique? A comparative genetics approach to this question reveals a candidate gene for a part in bestowing 'humanness'. Interestingly, the gene is expressed during embryonic development of the neocortex, the site of many of the brain's most sophisticated processes.|