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I went to Wikipedia because I wanted to make up a nice chart with my graphics program (Picture Publisher) showing the taxonomy of H.s. as an ape using the Latin, English and common language terminology. What I found really shocked me.

  1. I did a search on Hominoidea; Wikipedia took me to a page with the article title "Ape". In English that would be Hominoid and in common language it would be Ape. In the chart labeled "Scientific classification" it correctly shows the Superfamily as Hominoidea. But going half way down the page there are a couple of charts that bracket out the apes and the great apes. What threw me for a loop was the brackets exclude Homo as an ape or a great ape. What the hell's going on here?

  2. I then did a search on Homo and was taken to a page with the article title "Homo". Once again in the "Scientific classification" chart along the right side of the page, Homo is correctly shown in the Family Hominidae, but the Superfamily taxa is not even show.

One of two things are possible here. Either I don't understand where Homo belongs or someone is trying to hide the fact that we are Great Apes. Would someone clear this up for me; am I wrong?

I can't pursue this much because I have diabetic neuropathy in my hands and typing is hell; it took me an hour to type this. And besides, I'm getting old and I can't spell worth a krap.

Rick, Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:53:12 UTC | #928581