|Kamilah the gorilla|
The full genome of Kamilah, a female gorilla from San Diego zoo, has been sequenced. With this one all extant great apes, excepted the bonobo, have been fully sequenced.
A. Scally et al., Insights into hominid evolution from the gorilla genome sequence. Nature 2012 (open access).
The authors propose a divergence of Gorilla from the Pan-Homo branch c. 10 million years ago. But this is based on a most unlikely assumption of Pan-Homo divergence happening only 6 million years ago, when it’s surely of at least 8 million years (and maybe as many as 10 million). A corrected estimate for the Gorilla branch could then be between 13 to 18 million years in fact.
See on this regard:
- Chimpanzee and Bonobo genetics
- Molecular clock obscuring the real origin of primates
- Bonobo mtDNA and some human implications
- Chimps and humans diverged some 8 million years ago