Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 12:56 am
29th January 2018

A HUMAN-chimpanzee hybrid was born in a Florida lab 100 years ago before being killed by panicked doctors, claims a renowned scientist.

Evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup coined the term “humanzee” which refers to a human-chimp crossbreed – a scientifically possible hybridisation which was attempted throughout the 20th century.

Gallup, who developed the famous mirror "self-recognition" test which proved primates could acknowledge their own reflection, claims his former university professor told him that a humanzee baby was born at a research facility where he used to work.

Speaking to The Sun Online, he said: “One of the most interesting cases involved an attempt which was made back in the 1920s in what was the first primate research centre established in the US in Orange Park, Florida.

“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.

“But in the matter of days, or a few weeks, they began to consider the moral and ethical considerations and the infant was euthanised.”

Gallup said the professor worked at Yerkes before the research centre moved to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1930.

He added: “He told me the rumour was true. And he was a credible scientist in his own right.”

The most infamous humanzee project was conducted by Russia biologist Ilya Ivanov - also in the 1920s - who tried and failed to create a Soviet super-soldier using human sperm and female chimps.

Another reported case happened in Maoist China in 1967 where a female primate became pregnant with a human-hybrid only to die from neglect after the lab's scientists were forced to abandon the project following the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution.

Gallup’s term humanzee became well known in the 1970s after the emergence of a creature known as Oliver – a bald chimp who walked on his hind legs.

But tests conducted on Oliver in 1996 proved once and for all that the animal had 48 chromosomes and was therefore not a human-hybrid.

Gallup said: “It was proven that Oliver was not a humanzee despite the fact that he looked very similar in terms of assuming an upright posture and having a protruding nose and all kinds of other things.”

And Gallup, who teaches biopsychology at the University at Albany in New York, insists that humans can be crossbred with all the great apes – not just chimpanzees.

He said: “All of the available evidence both fossil, paleontological and biochemical, including DNA itself, suggests that humans can also breed with gorillas and orangutans.

“Humans and all three of the great apes species are all descended from a single common ape-like ancestry.

Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 05:11 am
@Pamela Rosa,
the chimp-human last common ancestor was anywhere between 1 and 4 million years ago. I think its mostly tabloid feed with a wee bit of science thrown in to make it sound reasonable..
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Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 05:35 am
Gallup, who developed the mirror test for self-awareness in animals, is a biopsychologist. No one would call him an evolutionary anything, much less an expert on evolution--except, of course, for the sensation mongers at The Sun, which describes itself as providing: News, sport, celebrities and gossip. Ask Izzy about The Sun.

Don't play with racist trolls, FM, you don't know where they've been.
Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 05:59 am
Im like some others sometimes, I can be suckered into a thread , especially one with a ridiculous premise. Where I differ is that I wont carry on for pages and pages anymore.
I think we recognize shes a racist asshole but a gentle reminder of that fact and , that this person is toxic to reasonable discussion and debate, often helps.
Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 06:00 am
actually the last common ancestor was between 13 an 4 MY not 1 and 4. Sorry, my typing kills still abound
Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 06:03 am
"Typing kills" . . . how apt!
Reply Wed 7 Feb, 2018 06:06 am
I be here all week.Try da Shrimp Scampi
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Reply Mon 12 Feb, 2018 10:57 am
this person is toxic to reasonable discussion and debate,

You really can be very hypocritical, can't you, farmer?

hypocritical - claiming to have certain moral principles or beliefs but behaving in a way that shows you are not sincere
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