Great apes including humans are all in the same primate family, called the Hominidae, and are the largest of the primates. In all species the male is bigger than the female. The great apes include gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans.
Scientific name: Hominidae
A comparison of great ape size, including humans - from the 180cm tall human, to the 130cm tall Australopithecus.
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