Question: If humans evolved from monkeys,
then why are there still monkeys?
Evolutionary theory does not state that
humans evolved FROM monkeys. Instead, it
proposes that we evolved from a common
ancestor. This is easier to explain if we go
back to the very beginning.
This is a single cell, lets call him Bill.
At some point it Bill copied himself to form two cells.
However, something went wrong during the copy
and the second cell came out different in some way.
This is called a mutation.)
Despite this unexpected and unplanned mutation,
the new cell, let' s call him Ralph, is actually better at
surviving in his environment. The mutation actually
Over time, Ralph proves to be better than Bill at surviving in
This is what we call Adaptation.
This continued to happen with all life. As life spread, it adapted
to different environments, with the best adaptations surviving
and the worst dying out Life was fighting a battle with the
environment, innovating itself into new shapes, colours and
sizes, one adaptation at a time. This adaptation on all fronts
created the beautiful diversity of life we see today.
Slowly these adaptations accommodate until life looks very
different from when it started, with only the best of the best
managing to survive. Darwin called this process:
Survival of the Fittest
Just like with the previous example, Bill was not fit enough to
survive the environment, but Ralph' s adaptation allowed him
At some point, the same thing happened with primitive man.
The traditional image we are presented with is this:
However, this process is more accurately conveyed through a
So while we have a common ancestor with monkeys, we didnt
evolve from them directly. It' s not like monkeys started having
human babies and then all of a sudden there was humanity.
This process happened very slowly, one little mutation
at a time until humans were fundamentally different from our ape
Yes this process is complex. But it' s not unreasonable.
Please Nate: While this image attempts to accurately portray the process of evolution, l is still a grossly
oversimplified version of a very complex process If you are intrigued, go to wikipedia and read into it