patgund: Knotwork (GIR - WHY???)
Okay, having always been a science geek way back when, especially when it came to early man and paleoanthropology, I remember when the breakdown for humans was:

Superfamily: Hominoidea, Family: Hominidae, Genus: Homo.

Chimps, Gorillas, Orangs, and Gibbons were all Family: Pongidae. Clear difference, them and us. Later on, this got modified, gibbons were spun into Family: Hyloatidae. Still, them and us.

Until molecular biology started having a look in at when speciation started to happen. What happened then is that the Ponginae became a subfamily under Family: Hominidae. Humans at this point became:

Superfamily: Hominoidea, Family: Hominidae, Subfamily: Homininae, Genus: Homo.

By the mid 70's, (bear in mind the childrens books on science I was reading then were from the 60's, as well as the National Geographics, so I missed this), they realized that Orangs were the outgroup, and were actually the sole members of the Ponginae. Chimps and Gorillas both were grouped under Subfamily: Homininae.

This didn't sit well with some, because while many biologists don't like to distingish other species to that level, they make an exception where Humans and Apes are the case.

So they tried to spin off Chimps and Gorillas into their own Tribe, the Gorillini, with Humans in the Hominini tribe.

Superfamily: Hominoidea, Family: Hominidae, Subfamily: Homininae, Tribe: Hominini, Genus: Homo.

By the early 1990's, it was found that, chimps were closer to humans than Gorillas. This placed Chimps under the Hominini tribe.

With a 93% DNA match, they should have counted Chimps as a sister species, rather than a seperate genus. No, instead Humans got the subtribe Hominina, and Chimps got subtribe Paninina.

Which is why you now have a classification for H. s. Sapiens that reads like a tounge-twister.....

Domain:Eukaryota, Kingdom:Animalia, Phylum:Chordata, Class:Mammalia, Order: Primates, Superfamily:Hominoidea, Family:Hominidae, Subfamily:Homininae, Tribe:Hominini, Subtribe:Hominina, Genus:Homo, Species: Homo sapiens, Subspecies: Homo sapiens sapiens

As far has I know, they don't break down dogs, cats, horses, or just about any other spieces with a backbone like this.........
patgund: Knotwork (GIR - WHY???)
Okay, having always been a science geek way back when, especially when it came to early man and paleoanthropology, I remember when the breakdown for humans was:

Superfamily: Hominoidea, Family: Hominidae, Genus: Homo.

Chimps, Gorillas, Orangs, and Gibbons were all Family: Pongidae. Clear difference, them and us. Later on, this got modified, gibbons were spun into Family: Hyloatidae. Still, them and us.

Until molecular biology started having a look in at when speciation started to happen. What happened then is that the Ponginae became a subfamily under Family: Hominidae. Humans at this point became:

Superfamily: Hominoidea, Family: Hominidae, Subfamily: Homininae, Genus: Homo.

By the mid 70's, (bear in mind the childrens books on science I was reading then were from the 60's, as well as the National Geographics, so I missed this), they realized that Orangs were the outgroup, and were actually the sole members of the Ponginae. Chimps and Gorillas both were grouped under Subfamily: Homininae.

This didn't sit well with some, because while many biologists don't like to distingish other species to that level, they make an exception where Humans and Apes are the case.

So they tried to spin off Chimps and Gorillas into their own Tribe, the Gorillini, with Humans in the Hominini tribe.

Superfamily: Hominoidea, Family: Hominidae, Subfamily: Homininae, Tribe: Hominini, Genus: Homo.

By the early 1990's, it was found that, chimps were closer to humans than Gorillas. This placed Chimps under the Hominini tribe.

With a 93% DNA match, they should have counted Chimps as a sister species, rather than a seperate genus. No, instead Humans got the subtribe Hominina, and Chimps got subtribe Paninina.

Which is why you now have a classification for H. s. Sapiens that reads like a tounge-twister.....

Domain:Eukaryota, Kingdom:Animalia, Phylum:Chordata, Class:Mammalia, Order: Primates, Superfamily:Hominoidea, Family:Hominidae, Subfamily:Homininae, Tribe:Hominini, Subtribe:Hominina, Genus:Homo, Species: Homo sapiens, Subspecies: Homo sapiens sapiens

As far has I know, they don't break down dogs, cats, horses, or just about any other spieces with a backbone like this.........

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