Until recently, humans were the only surviving species in the family Hominidae. In recent years, more advanced molecular techniques were developed that provided evidence of the similarities between humans and chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and even gibbons. Now the great ape family holds four genera and seven living species. As it stands today, the four genera within the family: Gorilla (gorillas), Homo (humans), Pan (chimpanzees), and Pongo (orangutans). The seven species are as follows: beringei and gorilla in the genus Gorilla, sapiens in the genus Homo, paniscus and troglodytes in the genus Pan, and abelii and pygmaeus in the genus Pongo.
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