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huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by huzonfurst

@10, panicide is right - and that should also apply to us since the genus 'Homo' is an insult to the taxonomic system. The story I heard was that it was made up for political purposes to avoid upsetting too many people about how closely we're related to chimps and bonobos. We rightfully belong to the genus Pan, and as for that 'sapiens' part, well...make it 'bellicosus' for the sake of accuracy.

I'm no expert on this, but Jared Diamond wrote a whole book called "The Third Chimpanzee" about it. Perhaps Richard could comment?

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:36:42 UTC | #936993