Personally, I did not believe in apes at first. Then I took Anthropology 101 at community college (because I needed to take a science course for my Business degree, so I said what the heck), and then my perception changed, and apes dominated my mind. Now, after taking the course, I personally believe that there was only one human race, and with the pass of time, and different environments, other species started to develop, among them, the human specie. I believe God created one specie, and from there, lions, fish, cats, humans, and yes, apes, came along to live happily ever after, here on earth. This is just my personal opinion, and I do hope it helps.