Excerpt from Chapter 3

2% difference

“It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
― Audre Lorde


Whilst it can be argued that we are also related to bananas, (we, according to Steve Jones of The Telegraph we share 50% of our DNA with the yellow fruit) the difference between humans and apes is slight. Subtle anatomical differences have emerged as a result of how apes and humans live. Although apes can walk upright they are more suited on all fours, this highlights that the anatomical development of an ape is better than that of a human because the consequent hip design allows for easier birthing.

The humans bipedal stance shows a curvature of the spine and a development of the hips provides a good centre of gravity that makes walking easier but birth more difficult. It also explains why humans have more hair on their head than on their back, this is for protection from the sun.

The competing elements of the brain are also representative of how (and where) the ape and the human live.

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