Monkey Business

Sam Kean writes in his book The Violinist’s Thumb, “Roughly 150,000 chimps and around the same number of gorillas are living today, compared to some seven billion humans. Yet humans have less genetic diversity than these monkeys, significantly less.” 


Chimps and gorillas are not monkeys. They are apes, specifically anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae. Monkeys have tails. Apes do not. 


It’s important to research your subject well. Otherwise you may, well… look like a monkey.


The Violinist’s Thumb Back Bay Books 2012