Genome sequencing of our [currently recognized] closest species relative has been completed. Considering all the DNA news that has been tossed around in the bigfoot community over the last couple years, the following article should be on most every bigfooter’s reading list. This information could be useful to put into context the data that has been made available.
Enjoy the following from Primatology.net:
The bonobo genome is sequenced. The letter reporting was recently published in Nature, and is available openly under the title, “The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes.” Kay Prüfer from the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is the lead author. There are some interesting preliminary comparisons such as:
- Bonobos and chimps have 99.6% sequence similarity
- Bonobos and humans have 98.7% sequence similarity
- The split of bonobo and chimpanzee is confirmed to have approx. 1 million years ago, with no inbreeding occurring
- 6% of the bonobo genome has evidence of incomplete lineage sorting (when an allele does not match the population history of a species)
- This has lead to the observation that ~1.6% of the bonobo genome is more similar to humans than chimpanzees