Thursday, 5 December 2013

Our Mom Was a Chimp and Our Dad a Pig, US Geneticist Suggests

Our daddy as a young fellow? Image courtesy of Ben Salter, Flickr. (The Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).

Joel Kontinen

Darwinian storytelling can at times be bizarre. Recently, an American geneticist suggested that we are the offspring of a pig father and a chimpanzee mother. According to UK paper Daily Mail:

The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates.”

There are huge problems with this view. While pigs tend to be hairless like humans, even many evolutionists believe that the hypothesis does not work. For instance, chimps have 48 chromosomes, but pigs have 38.

When evolutionists have to resort to this kind of storytelling, we know that their pet theory is in very deep trouble.


Gayle, Damien. 2013. 'Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig': Extraordinary claim made by American geneticist. Mail Online (30 November).