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  •  Or at least into the Homo genus ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... or let them share a combined Panini/Hominini tribe.

    Under the most broadly accepted system, Homo sapiens are the one surviving species of a genus that shares a subfamily with chimps and gorillas. Some would say that Pan and Homo share so many characteristics and so much genetics that they might as well be in the same genus, or at least the same tribe. Neither would be particularly crowded.

    Except, Linnaeus saw a complication as early as 1747:

    It is not pleasing to me that I must place humans among the primates, but man is intimately familiar with himself. Let's not quibble over words. It will be the same to me whatever name is applied. But I desperately seek from you and from the whole world a general difference between men and simians from the principles of Natural History. I certainly know of none. If only someone might tell me one! If I called man a simian or vice versa I would bring together all the theologians against me. Perhaps I ought to, in accordance with the law of Natural History.

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 02:35:51 PM PDT

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