Are Primates Really That Similar to Humans?

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Most people are aware that primates are the closest living relatives to humans. Chimpanzees, gorillas, gibbons, orangutans and other monkeys all have unique characteristics, but together we are all part of the same order of mammals, Primatomorpha.

This distinct order of primates has evolved in different ways, but their behaviors and even their looks reveal some similarities to modern humans. When it comes down to the finer points — certain habits, emotions, reactions and physical developments — what’s the truth about how similar we are to primates?