The paper contains a very important concession.
“Synteny refers to how well chromosomal sequences from different species align with one another.”
Rude remarks and hurt feelings at a holiday party may seem a trivial matter. Yet this vignette is very telling.
Perhaps, humans, gorillas, and orangutans were designed based upon a common blueprint.
As Ann Gauger explains, there’s a gap of about a million years between when Australopithecines seem to depart from the fossil record and when modern humans unambiguously appear.