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Did US lab create a 'humanzee' 100 years ago?

January 31, 2018 | Comment icon 30 comments



Did scientists create a 'humanzee' back in the 1920s ? Image Credit: GFDL 1.2 Ikiwaner
A prominent US scientist has claimed that a human-chimp hybrid was created in a laboratory in the 1920s.
Evolutionary psychologist Gordon G. Gallup, Jr., who gained worldwide recognition for his pioneering mirror self-recognition experiments with animals in the 1970s, was told about the human-chimp hybrid experiment by a former university professor who claimed to have once worked at the same facility.

"One of the most interesting cases involved an attempt which was made back in the 1920s in what was the first primate research center established in the US in Orange Park, Florida," said Gallup.

"They inseminated a female chimpanzee with human semen from an undisclosed donor and claimed not only that pregnancy occurred but the pregnancy went full term and resulted in a live birth."

According to Gallup however, the scientists soon had a change of heart about what they were doing.
"In the matter of days, or a few weeks, they began to consider the moral and ethical considerations and the infant was euthanised," he said.

Russian biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov also conducted an experiment in the 1920s in an effort to create a human-chimp hybrid but ultimately failed to achieve a successful pregnancy.

A similarly unsuccessful experiment was also carried out in China in the 1960s.

Could scientists in the US have succeeded where everyone else had failed and if so, exactly what did they manage to create and did their research really end so soon ?

As things stand, no conclusive evidence of the US 'humanzee' experiment has ever been found.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (30)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
Just to see if it could be done.†† I don't think it can.
Comment icon #22 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
†I think they just liked @&$*%!# that monkey.
Comment icon #23 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
@&$*%!# = "working with"
Comment icon #24 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Skull deformations are not hybrids and the Greek legend was just their explanation for the Minoan bull god.†
Comment icon #25 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
Horses and Donkeys crossbreed to produce mules, which are sterile.† I'd never heard before about chimps having one more pair of chromosomes than we do.† Interesting.† How many do pigs have?† It's been theorized one of our ancestors had pig DNA as to give us our nose protruding from our face..
Comment icon #26 Posted by seeder 4 years ago
† † Youre kidding right? we could say the same about ANY animal with a protruding nose... the evolution of our noses is mainly down to climate and our ethnic group
Comment icon #27 Posted by Rlyeh 4 years ago
I think he's talking about Dr. Eugene M. McCarthy who claims humans are a hybrid of chimps and pigs.http://www.macroevolution.net/human-origins.html This theory has pretty much been rejected;https://observationdeck.kinja.com/no-humans-are-not-chimp-pig-hybrids-1474029809
Comment icon #28 Posted by seeder 4 years ago
† no wonder the theory is rejected....daftest thing Ive heard in ages
Comment icon #29 Posted by MisterMan 4 years ago
Domestic Horse (64 chromosomes)†x Donkey (62 chromosomes)†= Sterile Mule Domestic Horse (64 chromosomes)†x Przewalski's horse (66 chromosomes)†= Fertile†Hybrid
Comment icon #30 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Not always. Once in while you get fertile offspring.


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