Primate Development

Considering that the DNA of the contemporary human, bonobo and chimpanzee population is 98.4 percent identical, the Malaysian word orang is truly a most insightful one. In Malay, orang means both human and person; and the name Orang-utan translates as forest person or forest dwelling human.

The tiny difference of 1.6 percent makes one wonder what all the fuss about missing links is about, and what the true need is for all the detailed classifications leading up to humanity - unless, of course, we accept that humanity has a problem with being a primate; a naked ape with an inflated ego trying to establish that there are important differences.

Chart of Primate Development

The illustration does not chart a precise chronological development; it rather puts the various species into context and provides a general idea of genetic connections.