21. The problem with not doing your own research and paraphrasing someone else’s work is that you’re inevitably going to screw up and do it wrong. Mental Floss said we didn’t evolve from chimps, and that’s true. Chimps are an extant species and part of the same taxonomic family as humans and other great apes. Humans DID, however, evolve from apes because we ARE (great) apes, and we share common ancestors with other great apes.