Re: offspring, ape and man.

Gautam Majumdar (
Tue, 16 Jul 1996 20:56:29 +0100

In article <>, Paul Smith <>
>Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
>> (Tdewater) wrote:
>> >
>> > Is it possiable to mate an ape and a human and have an offspring ? If yes
>> > has it been done and what was the child like ? If one has any data on
>> > this please send it to and comment here.
>I wouldn't lose much sleep over this. I don't know about bonobos but common
>have a different number of autosome pairs from humans. This makes little difference
>genetic distance because the difference is either due to fusion or duplication (I forget
>which) since the LCA, but it would play merry hell with meiosis, even assuming that a
>hybrid would be viable. Result: gametes without a viable set of chromosomes and no
>offspring from the hybrid. A similar chromosome mis-match keeps mules sterile
>the genetic similarity of the parent species.

Has anyone attempted in hybridizing Chimpanzee and Gorilla or even
Chimpanzee and Bonobo ? If so, the results may throw some light on
the possibility (purely hypothetical, I must add) of crossing H.sapiens
with one of these species.

>Paul Smith.

Gautam Majumdar