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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Hominoidea

While you're watching the latest summer blockbuster, realize the name of the movie and all of its predecessors were not appropriately titled. One, it is biologically inaccurate. If Earth is the planet of anything, it's probably the Planet of the Insects.

Two. The taxonomic classification Hominoidea is the family in the order Primates which includes Hylobatidae (gibbons) and Hominidae (the great apes). There are only seven species of great apes still around: Bornean and Sumatran orangutans, Western and Eastern gorilla, the common chimpanzee, the bonobo, and humans. The Rise Planet of the Apes - that started about 65 million years ago.

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