Re: apes and men

Barry Mennen (
1 Aug 1996 15:55:23 GMT

In <01bb7f23$28e50060$2569face@stubbville> "Robert A. Fournier"
<> writes:
>Cheradenine Zakalwe <> wrote in article
>> In article <4sccgg$>, Tdewater
>> <> writes:
>> >Is it possiable for a man and a ape have an offspring ?
>> I doubt if it would be possible to find out, short of actually
>> performing such an experiment. The experiment would be considered
>> unethical, so if it has been done, the people involved aren't going
>> tell everyone.
>> > If yes has it
>> >ever been done and what was the offspring like ?
>> I imagine it would look something halfway between a chimp and a
>> The most recent common ancestor of chimps and humans is about 6 MYA.
>> What about horses and donkeys, or liones and tigers?
>> --
>> Zakalwe
>While it is true that chimps and man are conceivably closely enough
>to have an offspring (albeit a sterile one) the point is made moot by
>fact that apes and man have differing number of pairs of chromosomes,
>making cell division impossible. Read 'Origins Reconsidered' by
>Leakey, for more specific info.
Nope--horses and zebras and donkeys have different # of chromosomes,
yet can have (sterile) offspring--the different number is apparently
not a dealbreaker here.

Barry M.