Apes are our closest living cousins… In fact, we’re just a pair of chromosomes apart.
Actually, we are apes. Humans and non-human apes all evolved from a common ancestor about 14 million years ago – not that long in the grand scheme of things. We are most closely related to chimps and bonobos, while gorillas and orangutans are more like our first cousins once removed. In fact, we are closer to chimps and bonobos, than they are to gorillas.