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Chimp meets pig - a strange design indeed!

Postby Brian Jordan » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:36 pm

And, incredibly, PZ Myers is quoted in the Daily Mail!
this you must see - because the creationists will have seen it already and will digging their snouts into it as quickly as they can scratch their armpits!
A geneticist in the USA has hypothesised that somewhere in our lineage a primate must have mated with a swine. How else, he asks, could we have become what we are.
Not all scientists, says the Mail, are convinced and cites PZ as an example.
Finally, he suggests rather impudently that Dr McCarthy do the experimental work himself and try mating with a pig to see how far he gets.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2515969/Humans-evolved-female-chimpanzee-mated-pig-Extraordinary-claim-American-geneticist.html#ixzz2m8CSUa9n
I haven't followed up the story to see what scientific basis, if any, it has but the creationists won't need to, will they, as long as it's a convenient stick to beat evolution with?
Or will they? After all, hybridisation on this scale could have cut down the amount of space needed on the ark by an enormous amount, if elephants could have been crossed with mice, dinosaurs with tadpoles.
PS: Credit where it's due: the Mail gives links to sources, unusual for a newspaper.
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Re: Chimp meets pig - a strange design indeed!

Postby Michael » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:31 pm

What do you get if a pig mates with a chimp?

Answer A Ham :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Chimp meets pig - a strange design indeed!

Postby Brian Jordan » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:16 pm

Anyway, he's made an elementary mistake. He's assuming that the chimp mated with a modern hairless domesticated pig. Both wild boar and Ham are hairy.
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