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Old 01-27-2013, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Raegan View Post
You can never outgrow your ancestry. Everything thing your ancestors were, you still are. So yes, you are an ape (and apes are monkeys). All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.
Not really though, because at some point it just isn't remotely the same. For example, we human mammals aren't in any way prokaryotes.

Originally Posted by Raegan View Post
In addition, there are multiple accounts of wolves acting like dogs, and dogs acting like wolves.

(Warning, some of those links have graphic descriptions of hunting)
Those are interesting links, though I wonder how much has to do with the two lines intermixing through the years vs. one giving rise to the other.

The gene for solid black in all wild wolves was introduced in a cross breeding between wolves and dogs that took place 12,000 - 121,000 years ago. It's a rather widespread coloration, which makes me wonder what other traits might have been introduced and potentially lay dormant until some human comes along and tests it.

ETA: To go back to the outgrowing your ancestry thing, it would be more accurate to say dogs are canids then, if humans are apes. We don't say humans are chimpanzees, because they aren't. Just the same, dogs are not wolves. They're both canids with a common ancestor.
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