Humans Vs. Primates ( Humans ) Essay

756 Words Mar 19th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the most puzzling questions is “what does it mean to be human?” The definition of human is “ A member of the primate genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other apes by a large brain and the capacity for speech”("human"). The definition should also include “thoughts, intelligentes, are self-aware and have emotions”, because humans are complex and unique animals.
All though Humans are very similar to chimps, “sharing 98 percent of our genes and many behaviors”, humans stand out due to their level of complex thoughts (Hsu). Some animals share characteristics with humans, such as social groups and communication, but humans take things to an unmatched level. Members of a social group of humans usually a share common interest such as “nationality, cultural/hobby interests, social media” and political opinions; chimps social groups “are based on survival needs only” (Humans vs. Primates). Humans share complex ideas with each other to help the human race; however, chimps are more so hunters and gatherers with surviving being top priority. Today there is “roughly 6,500 spoken languages” all though some of these languages are spoken by very few people, this is a significantly more than chimps, uses “body language … in order to communicate” with each other (How Many Spoken Languages Are There in the World?; Animal Communication).
Humans have “brains weighing an average of three pounds, which is enormous for an animal of our body size”,…

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