I know you are aware that we are about 1% more evolved than chimps.<quoted text>
Has anyone wondered about the consequences (re: religion) when a new species diverges from humans? Wow. A new species that shares genealogy with humans. What will they (the new species) think of Jesus, a member of a different species?
The Bible is based on primitive thought.
The smartest of them can sign basic language. Something that a human could do at about three years old.
If we were to encounter a species 1% more evolved than we are and we presented them with the smartest guy on Earth...
Say we roll Stephen Hawking up to them and he shows them his work on universal wave function...
They are likely to say "Aww, that is just precious. We have little Zaephod's unified theory over there hanging on the fridge."
They would see us as we see chimps.