The question "Are humans apes?" is just the sort of meaningless philosophical question that real science advances by ignoring. It raises the questions, "Well, what do you mean by 'humans'? What do you mean by 'apes'?" Humans belong to the same monophyletic class as chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and the lesser apes. This is not in doubt. In the international Latin- and Greek-based terminology of science, this group of animals is called "hominoids.