By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
Timeline Story

Gorillas Branch Off

Gorillas Branch Off

Absolute Years From Now: -8000000
Story Reference Date: 04/02/2024
320,000 Generations Ago

Following the divergence of the orangutans, the gorilla lineage branched off from the rest of the great ape family around 8 to 9 million years ago. This split led to the evolution of the largest of the living apes, the gorillas, which today inhabit the forests of central Africa. Gorillas exhibit a fascinating social structure and exhibit impressive displays of strength, yet are known for their gentle nature. The divergence of gorillas from the common ancestor they shared with humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos further highlights the rich tapestry of evolution that has given rise to the variety of great ape species seen today. Each branching event within the great ape family tree reveals the intricate story of adaptation and survival that connects all members of the Hominidae family.

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