Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Bonobo Genome

Genome sequencing of our [currently recognized] closest species relative has been completed.  Considering all the DNA news that has been tossed around in the bigfoot community over the last couple years, the following article should be on most every bigfooter's reading list.  This information could be useful to put into context the data that has been made available.

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The Completed Bonobo Genome
Posted by Kambiz Kamrani in Anthropology, Blog, Bonobo,Molecular Biology

The bonobo genome is sequenced. The letter reporting was recently published in Nature, and is available openly under the title, “The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes.” Kay Pr├╝fer from the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is the lead author. There are some interesting preliminary comparisons such as:
  • Bonobos and chimps have 99.6% sequence similarity
  • Bonobos and humans have 98.7% sequence similarity
  • The split of bonobo and chimpanzee is confirmed to have approx. 1 million years ago, with no inbreeding occurring
  • 6% of the bonobo genome has evidence of incomplete lineage sorting (when an allele does not match the population history of a species)
  • This has lead to the observation that ~1.6% of the bonobo genome is more similar to humans than chimpanzees


  1. I would like to see where the Billi Ape falls into this category.

  2. I am thrilled by the introduction of science into the studies of all hominins and hominids. This should knock some people off their seats to realize these findings. I anxiously await Sykes's review of purported Bigfoot DNA. Thanks for posting this.

  3. The Bili Ape is a type of Chimpanzee as I understand it - not a separate species, though possibly a sub-species. Work is on-going as regards their exact taxonomy so there may be more news on that soon, but they are not presently believed to be a separate species of ape as sometimes gets reported in blogs. They're basically big, somewhat inbred Chimps with unusual behavioural traits when compared to other chimp communities - at least that seems to be the consensus at this time, pending further study.
    Anyways, great to see this latest Bonobo news. They're awesome creatures!

  4. Much better reading than the DeNovo Scientific Journal.