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A U.S. scientist claims forbidden experiments led to the creation of a “humanzee” man-chimp

Did researchers actually make a human-chimp hybrid? Some famous scientists have made stunning claims that went against the scientific consensus. 
Oliver, the chimpanzee.

An American scientist of renown claims an old legend of a human-chimp hybrid creature born in the 1920s may actually be true.

Evolutionary psychologist Gordon G. Gallup is known for his pioneering work in the 1970s that showed how chimps could learn to recognize themselves in the mirror. In a recent interview with The Sun, he said that a hybrid creature was born in a lab where he once worked, as he was told by his former university professor.

“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,” Gallup told The Sun. “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.”

Whether such an experiment actually took place and a humanzee was really born is not proven by other sources, but Gallup, who is currently a researcher at the University of Albany, maintains that he heard this from a “credible scientist in his own right.”

The researchers who created the chimp-human hybrid fairly quickly got rid of the product of their experiment out of ethical concerns, according to Gallup.

“In the matter of days, or a few weeks, they began to consider the moral and ethical considerations and the infant was euthanized,” Gallup explained.

The lab he’s referring to would have been the Anthropoid Breeding and Experiment Station in Orange Park, Florida during the 1920s, wrote ScienceAlert.In the 1930s, it became the Yerkes National Primate Research Center – a lab run by psychologist and primatologist Robert Yerkes. He was a controversial figure, who supported eugenics but made advancements in the study of human and primate intelligence.

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