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Riley Rossmo

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Can lions be crossed with tigers?
« on: 22/04/2009 12:30:01 »
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Hi Chris

Love the show listen to it every week while I'm drawing (I draw comic books for a living) or jogging.

I just watched a special on Darwin; in the final part of the show they're talking about species similarities and mention that humans are as closely related to the great apes as tigers are to lions.

I believe I read somewhere that through artificial insemination a tiger and lion can be mated, does that mean through the same means humans could be mated with chimps or gorillas? 

Also last week in scientific American they had a DNA comparison article with humans and chimps that kinda seemed to support that our DNA being 98% the same, I don't have the article in front of me so that could be wrong.

Any thoughts?

Riley
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canada

What do you think?


 

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Can lions be crossed with tigers?
« Reply #1 on: 22/04/2009 13:33:11 »
Hybrid Ligers have been bred, but I believe they are sterile. Chimps have one pair of chromosomes more than humans, but this may not necessarily prevent hybrid humanzees.

On the ethical side, it would not be possible (or at the very least it would bring outright condemnation) but scientifically, it has been considered that it might be possible.


Thinking about this, I wonder if it has already been done; there are a number of politicians who act like bloody monkey's!
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« Reply #2 on: 22/04/2009 13:39:03 »
Just monkeys, mate. No apostrophe needed!

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« Reply #3 on: 22/04/2009 13:55:52 »
Just monkeys, mate. No apostrophe needed!

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« Reply #4 on: 22/04/2009 14:06:35 »
There was a simliar thread: Can dogs breed with foxes?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 22/04/2009 18:34:03 »
Lion + Tiger => Liger or Tigon
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Can lions be crossed with tigers?
« Reply #6 on: 22/04/2009 20:08:37 »
The reason these hybrids don't happen more often is that, although the animals concerned are genetically similar, they do not usually encounter one another in the wild.

If you liked the liger, and the tigon you may enjoy these:

http://www.hemmy.net/2006/06/19/top-10-hybrid-animals/
 

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« Reply #7 on: 30/04/2009 11:42:44 »
that question is just the same as asking if two types of dogs can be crossed, the answer...YES!
 

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