Chimpanzees should be part of the human genus 'homo', says Morris Goodman at Wayne State University. His research team argues that chimps are more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas:
Goodman argues, “We humans appear as only slightly remodeled chimpanzee-like apes.” He says humans and chimps share 99.4 percent of their DNA, the molecule that codes for life.
Not everyone is convinced, of course. The article points to Richard J. Sherwood, an anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin, who states the reclassification "is difficult to take seriously." And of course, non-evolutionists are unconvinced:
Walt Brown of the Center for Scientific Creation in Phoenix, Ariz., argues that since the sequencing of human and chimpanzee DNA is not complete, saying people and chimps are that much alike is “baloney.”
“We have similarities with chimpanzees, but there are a heck of a lot of differences too,” Brown said.
And of course, that's really what it's all about. This primarily is a shock attack in the evolution wars. If scientists can make such a reclassification then the family relations are "official"; it's all been proven, you see. Anyone doubting the validity of such a relationship simply is "unscientific" and unable to be taken seriously. That's how evolutionists set the terms of the debate and silence dissent.