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How humans and gorillas have more in common than we realised

Gorillas are closer to humans than chimpanzees in terms of genes related to hearing Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Scientists have discovered that gorillas are closer to humans than chimpanzees in terms of genes related to sensory perception, hearing and brain development.

The findings emerge from the first completed genetic blueprint of gorillas.

Dr Chris Tyler-Smith, senior author of the research published in the journal Nature, said: "Scientists had suggested that the rapid evolution of human hearing genes was linked to the evolution of language.

"Our results cast doubt on this, as hearing genes have evolved in gorillas at a similar rate to those in humans."