Did Someone Say Pig-Man?

pigEugene McCarthy, Ph.D, a genetics professor at the University of Georgia, one of the leading authorities on hybridisation in animals, claims that the human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, something he claims wasn’t  discovered earlier because of an over dependence on genetic data among biologists.

Rather than relying on genetic sequence comparisons, McCarthy offers  extensive anatomical comparisons such as both having hairless skin, a thick layer of subcutaneous fat, light-colored eyes, protruding noses and heavy eyelashes, to name a few.  There are also a number of less obvious but  equally inexplicable similarities between humans and pigs in the skin and organ structure.  Doctors are using organs and  skin tissue  from pigs because of their similarity and compatibility with the human body.

Without any hard evidence, McCarthy theorizes that humans are “probably” the result of multiple generations  of ‘backcrossing’ where the offspring of a pig and chimpanzee mated with chimpanzees becoming more like chimpanzees and less like pigs. Hard to say and even harder to prove.

Most species cannot crossbreed because of genetic  and behavioral barriers.  A zebra will not breed with a monkey, or a wolf breed with a rabbit or a squirrel.  White-tail deer and mule deer may mate,  a cow may find a buffalo exciting,  and we know that wolves will mate with domestic dogs and coyote, but they all have one thing in common – they are all of the same species.

Pigs and apes are both placental mammals, but that’s the end of it. So McCarthy’s claim that they could mate would require a lot more evidence than a “theory.”   But then again, he might be on to something.  Like most women,  I’ve inadvertently  dated a few pigs disguised as men.

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