Closer Than One May Think

gorillasI have always had a fascination with gorillas, starting from a very young age when I first saw one at the zoo. I was captivated by their similarity to human and felt the connection as I peered through the glass. The way they used their hands amazed me. When I looked into their eyes you could almost see the same emotions that one would see looking into a fellow humans eyes. What I didn’t know at that time was how close we actually were related to gorillas.

The similarities between gorillas and humans are immense. Researchers believe they communicate through a distinct set of calls. Genetically we are extremely similar sharing 96% of the same DNA. These similar genes can count for our similarities in hearing, intelligence, and brain development. They hold the secret to human evolution and could provide information for curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease. They are truly humans treasure chests of knowledge.

-Gabrielle Bailey


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