This week, the first two chimps on Earth will be joined by the first man and the first woman to become the first species of bonobos, according to a new report.
A joint expedition led by scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Harvard has now been named the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI), a joint effort between the two institutions.
The new report is based on data from the first five days of the expedition, which is being described in a study by the BBC, BBC News and other news outlets.
“The first bonobos were the result of a process that took centuries to achieve, but we’re now moving from an evolutionary step that took tens of thousands of years to complete to one that is now a reality,” said co-author Dr Tanya Lander.
“Our research will be the first step in the process of establishing whether bonobos can be considered as two separate species.”
The research team, including Dr Lander, found that when the two chimms are together they are capable of reaching up to 80 percent of the human height.
The research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Union.
The findings have been published in the journal Science.
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