Which Animal Remembers Man the Most?

The animal that most closely resembles man is the ape. Not only does the ape have skeleton structure like man’s but he also has an “opposable” thumb. This means the thumbs can be made to meet the finger tips, enabling the ape to use his hands to grasp things and the climb trees.

Man’s opposable thumb makes it possible for him to use tools. Some people imagine that the ape is the ansector of man, but this is not so. The theory of evolution holds that the ansector of man, but this is not so.

The theory of evolution hold that the apes and man may have had a common ansector long ago, the so-called “missing link”. But they evolved along different lines. There are four kinds of “anthropoid”, or “manlike” apes.


The bigest and most powerful of these is the gorilla. Next in size is the orang utan. Then comes the chimpanzee. Finally, smallest of all is the gibbon. The gibbon is the least known of the apes, but he resembles man the most.

The gibbon is the least known of the apes, but the resembles man the most. The gibbon can stand up straight on his hind legs and he can walk like a man instead of half stooping. But the gibbon does very little walking because he spends most of his in trees.

He swings from branch to branch with his long arms, stopping to pick leaves and fruit. When a gibbon eats, he is likely to sit erect like a man. Even though his diet may include spiders, birds and eggs.

The familly life of the gibbon is closely knit. His mate and their children stay with him night and day. And since a young gibbon will stay with the parents until about the age of six, a gibbon family may have as many as eight or nine members. In the wilds of the jungle, a gibbon may live to the ripe old age of thirty!  

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