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Why gorillas have a Human look?

Do you know why this gorilla has a Human look?

Maybe because this gorilla has some white in its eyes!

The white around our pupils is called the sclera. Years ago, it was believed that we were the only primates with white sclera. Astonishingly some gorillas have white in their eyes too. That’s quite rare, but just like us, they have no pigmentation in their eyes.

30% of gorillas have dark sclera, 60% have some degree of white in their eyes and only 10% have all white, human-like sclera.

White sclera may be found in other apes too (bonobos, orangutans and chimpanzees).


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