by Daniel Laberge
Human grooming

Apes are us

Ape evolution table

• All dates are approximate.

• Based on recent scientific knowledge and theories.

The ape family

Gibbon

Orangutan

Gorilla

Gibbon
Orangutan
Gorilla

© PictureWendy

© Desert Photo

© Kabir

Bonobo

Human

Chimpanzee

Bonobo
Human
Chimpanzee

© Tim Ellis

© God

© Sebastian Niedlich

Apes are big tailless monkeys

Great apes sleep in nests in the trees

Bonobo resting in nest

Bonobo in his nest

© teresehart

Chimpanzees

Chimpanzee

 

Female

Male

Height

2  to 3.5  feet

3  to 4  feet

Weight

65  to 105  pounds

90  to 130  pounds

Home

Western and Central Africa

Diet

Fruits, leaves, flowers, seeds, animals...

Chimpanzee

© Jerry Wen

Bonobos

Bonobo

 

Female

Male

Height

2  to 3  feet

2.5  to 3.5  feet

Weight

55  to 95  pounds

80  to 115  pounds

Home

Congo Basin forests

Diet

Fruits, leaves, flowers, seeds, animals...

© Courtney Bolton

Bonobo

Young bonobo

Young bonobo

© Courtney Bolton

Humans

Gorillas

Gorilla

 

Female

Male

Height

4.4  to 4.9  feet

5.4  to 5.9  feet

Weight

130  to 200  pounds

300  to 400  pounds

Home

Tropical & subtropical forests of Africa

Diet

Fruits, leaves, stems, shoots, buds, ...

© brokinhrt2

Gorilla

Orangutans

Orangutan

 

Female

Male

Height

2.6  to 3.5  feet

4  to 4.5  feet

Weight

65 to 110  pounds

110  to 200  pounds

Home

Borneo and Sumatra

Diet

Fruits, leaves, shoots, stems, buds, ...

© Mikaku

Orangutan

Gibbons

Gibbon

 

Female

Male

Height

2  to 3.3  feet

2.5  to 3.5  feet

Weight

8  to  18 pounds

10  to 20  pounds

Home

Southeast Asia's tropical rain forests

Diet

Fruit pulp, leaves, flowers, seeds, ...

© Trisha Shears

Gibbon

Common ancestors

Ape evolution table
Bonobo in his nest
Chimpanzee
Bonobo
Young bonobo
Gorilla
Orangutan
Gibbon