Howdy all! When i first found out about Oliver, i was almost sure he was part human. After watching that documentary a few years ago i came to a
conclusion that Oliver is NOT part human, sadly.
Since then i have been photographing and observing great apes in zoos and have a few things to share with you guys.
There are 4 main groups of GREAT APES:
The Chimpanzees are very similar to humans. There is a debate about which great ape, the chimpanzee or the orangutan are our closes relatives.
I believe the Chimpanzees are closer, and if you look at the BONOBO chimpanzees it is pretty obvious. Bonobos are much more human looking, they have
a more slender body, can walk upright with great ease and they have more human like features.
Here are two great apes, a Bonobo and a Common Chimpanzee:
These are both mothers around 40 years old. This bonobo mother lives with her 3 daughters and they are constantly grooming in the warm florida sun.
I think since they live in such a close group and bond by grooming, the bonobo mother has had most of her facial hair groomed off.
This "bald" look in a chimpanzee really shows how human like they can look. The common chimpanzee is more "animal" looking, hairier and the
eyebrows are much more prominent, something the neanderthal man had.
And here is a Gorilla walking upright with ease:
This Gorilla has been walking upright for many years. She probably learned to do this at a young age. I believe that if humans or great apes do
something repeatedly their body will adapt. Maybe the Gorilla was "taught" by humans to walk upright at a very young age which would make her much
more flexible and able to hold the upright position for a long period of time.
The Gorilla above would walk with EASE. I witnessed the Gorilla walking at a face pace for over 30 yards at a time without bending down once.
Please note that the Gorillas are the least "human" like great apes and you never see them attempt to walk upright for long periods of time.
Chimpanzees will walk upright and so will Orangutans. I have seen many Orangutans walk upright but it looks very awkward because they have very short
legs and such long arms.
The bonobos are the master ape upright walkers. This video gives me shivers when i watch it..