- Matthieu Miossec
- United Kingdom
Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),
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our colloquial uses of the words 'Animal' and 'Ape' are detrimental to our understanding of our place in the tree of life.
Could it be that the way we use the word 'animal' to refer to the kingdom Animalia minus humans and 'Apes' to refer to all great Apes except us (not even sure how many people are aware of the fact we are Apes) be the source of much misunderstanding of where Homo Sapiens stands in regards to other species? Is an animal/human dichotomy fair given that a Man and a Chimpanzee are more similar in almost every way than a crab and a parrot?
Or maybe this a typical discrepancy of language we must just accept for simplicity or because it is a useful distortion.