The lineages of humans and chimpanzees, our closest relatives, diverged from one another about 4.1 million years ago, according to a new estimate that is said to be far more precise than previous ranges for this critical evolutionary moment.
Asger Hobolth of North Carolina State University and his colleagues arrived at the estimate of “the time we became human,” or the time in the past when descendents of the human-chimp ancestor split into human and chimp, by statistically comparing DNA from four regions of the human, chimp and gorilla genomes.
I notice the chart doesn’t mention Australopithecus Florensis–the “hobbit” like skeleton found on the island of Flores last year, but their chart is also from 2006, so that may be why. Still, 4 million years is a bit longer than 6,000, doncha think?
Of course, the wingers are still reeling from the fact that chimps have been filmed crafting and wielding spears and using them to hunt bushbabies. Because evolution is a myth, right?