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If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? -- How would you answer?

#1Schmack421Posted 3/26/2014 9:30:59 PM
So a friend of mine was having a casual conversation with this 7-year-old boy whose whole family are Christians. He asked him how come he still sees apes in the zoo when so many people say that humans evolved from apes. What is the best way to answer him?
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#2Vado_UNPosted 3/26/2014 9:34:28 PM(edited)
The same reason why domesticated dogs and wolves co-exist on this planet. Natural selection.

And for your information, humans are still classified as apes. I think he meant monkeys.
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#3souljah11Posted 3/26/2014 9:37:30 PM
Tell him we didn't come from apes but shared a last common ancestor that's hasn't been found according to evolutionist.
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#4Faust_8Posted 3/26/2014 9:43:13 PM
If we came from our parents, then why are there still parents?

However, since we're talking about a 7 year old here, I'd pretty much just say "you'll learn when you're older."

Evolution isn't exactly the easiest to grasp even when you're not a child, I'm not even going to try to explain it to one. This question shows a real lack of any understanding of it, but that's to be expected of someone so young, and I certainly wouldn't consider it worth my time to explain how we are apes, how we're not "finished products" and are still evolving, how we didn't "come from" modern apes, how speciation doesn't mean one side has to go extinct...it would just be either too complicated or too boring to him. This is a kid who's probably fine-tuning addition and subtraction.
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#5JonWood007Posted 3/26/2014 9:54:54 PM
Apes are a common ancestor. We branched off from them.
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#6IndoriPosted 3/26/2014 9:58:15 PM
"Your mom is an ape."
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#7Hustle KongPosted 3/27/2014 1:26:13 AM
If God made man from dust, why is there still dust?
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#8DarkContractorPosted 3/27/2014 3:05:19 AM
Maybe you could print off a tree of life, I reckon a simplified version, and point to where humans are, where monkeys are, and describe the relationship between the two. If he's really curious maybe find some examples (like just 1 or 2) online of some shared genes. Just be careful not to overwhelm him.
#9kts123Posted 3/27/2014 5:57:36 AM
Hustle Kong posted...
If God made man from dust, why is there still dust?



Because it says man would return to dust and so when people die that's where dust comes from.

Duh.
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#10kozlo100Posted 3/27/2014 9:57:23 AM
I think for a seven year old, something along the lines of 'those were different kinds of apes' would suffice. Maybe throw in 'we're a kind of ape too' if he seems into it.

Realistically though, it's not terribly important that a seven year old grasp the finer points of evolution.
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