It is apt that this species is named Pan. Pan was the wistful god of creativity and fun. He unleashed chaos upon the world. And when you think of Pan, you may think: Pan-sexuality! Blame it on Pan.
Also, I FINALLY found the story abut the man who is related to Bonobo's, as are we all. I always loved that story as an example of how we are all related, not in some hierarchy, but across geography, across species, across time. So, I am making this post not only to highlight Bonobo's, but to emphasize this point. We are all related. We usually do not evolve via some hierarchical lineage, or via one single, "out-of-Africa," sort of scheme. In the same way, my take is that we did not all come from some universal, "Big Bang."
In the same way that the, "Out of Africa," theory is said to be a Christian, racist rationalisation of Euro-evolvement, overseen by One God, I think that the, "Big Bang," is a rationalisation of planetary evolution based on another Biblical concept of time. That is NOT to say that I completely discard hierarchical or linear influences in any evolution, which would be absurd. However, I always argue for a more nuanced understanding of time, which includes multifactoral influences, correlations, and co-creations.
Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives
Endangered Bonobos Reveal Evolution of Human Kindness - (Ironic!)
Unraveling the Bonobo's Genome, and its Secrets
Study: The Bonobo Genome Compared with the Chimpanzee and Human Genomes
The father of all men is 340,000 years old | New Scientist
The family tree that rewrote human history
African-American who traced ancestry to Cameroon...
Speaking of kindness and all that... The sweetest people are in Cameroon. And they have the most amazing music!!!