• Question: As we evolved from apes, what other animals have evolved as well, and what from?

    Asked by madisons to Sree on 29 Apr 2020.
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      Sreejith Radhakrishnan answered on 29 Apr 2020:


      Thanks for your question.
      I’m not sure how to answer that question, mainly because I don’t work on topics related to evolutionary biology or genetics, and to be fair, my understanding of evolution is also a bit muddled! Essentially, most species are evolutionarily related, some much more closely than others. For example, humans and chimpanzees share a very high proportion of their genetic information. Similarly, species that live in isolation from the rest of the world, (for example, on islands – think of Darwin’s finches) or those can’t travel very far because of geographic conditions (again, being on islands, or because there are rivers or mountains blocking their movement) may evolve into closely related forms. It’s said that elephants originally evolved from a species that lived in water! – but I’m not sure if that has been proven or disproved. I found this website (http://www.onezoom.org/) really cool and useful to try and understand how related different species on the planet are, and just how diverse the world is.
      Hope this helps!
      Take care