For over a decade evolutionists have touted the supposed 98.6 percent similarity of the human and chimp genome as “proof” of chimp to human evolution. Creation scientists and geneticists were skeptical. The impossibility of evolution of over 40 million base pairs (about 1.5 % of the human genome) in the short span of a few million years proposed for these changes by atheistic scientists was ignored. Evolutionists assured every high school and college student in America that they “knew” that evolution had occurred based on these “small” differences.
But as pointed out by Dr Jon Cohen, in “The Myth of 1%”, these are NOT small differences. “First, as noted, we’re not talking about “small changes” but rather, as the journal Science explained, at the very least these differences entail “35 million base-pair changes, 5 million indels in each species, and 689 extra genes in humans.” (1) This means it would have required massive amounts of new genetic information via mutations… a thing which has never been proven to occur even once.
But now a 2016 article by Dr Jeffrey Tomkins Ph.D., Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research, shows that even those ridiculously positive inter-species comparisons were wrong. The actual amount of similarity between human and chimp genomes in recent, more accurate scientific studies was vastly lower. He states it is in the low 80’s at best. That would mean there are not 35 million, but about 500 million base pair differences! He explains in detail why the original estimates were inaccurate and why the newer numbers are far more accurate. (3) Such a vast genetic difference completely destroys the weak and tenuous pro-evolutionary arguments.
Biologist Dr Richard Buggs, also states that we have no more than an 85% similarity. In his recent Biologos post he wrote, “the total percentage of the human genome that I can know for sure has one-to-one orthology with the chimp genome is 84.4%. Therefore I would say to the man on the street: we know for sure that the human genome is 84.4% the same as the chimpanzee genome“. (4)
Now compare the human-chimp ratios to the human-zebrafish similarities. “Sequencing of the entire genetic make-up of the zebrafish has revealed that 70 per cent of protein-coding human genes are related to genes found in the zebrafish and that 84 per cent of genes known to be associated with human disease have a zebrafish counterpart.” (5) Does anyone really think we have recently evolved from zebrafish? Of course not!
In the end, it looks like the Chimp Genome and the Human Genome are indeed vastly different. It appears they were created uniquely and individually and purposefully. This is just one more nail in the coffin of evolutionary theory.
(1) Jon Cohen, “Relative Differences: The Myth of 1%,” Science, Vol. 316:1836 (June 29, 2007).
(2) Casey Luskin “Critically Analyzing the Argument from Human/Chimpanzee Genetic Similarity”, September 30, 2011, Evolution News and Science Today.
(3) Tonkins, J 2016, Analysis of 101 Chimpanzee Trace Read Data Sets: Assessment of Their Overall Similarity to Human and Possible Contamination with human DNA. Answers Research Journal 9: 294-298.
(4) Buggs, R. How similar are human and chimpanzee genomes: posted on RichardBuggs.com, July 14, 2018
(For similar readings see”Evolving Misconceptions” and “Vestigial Organs”)