Re: Uplifting Oliver

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 08:02:41 -0500

Anton Sherwood wrote:
> Brian Fritz writes
> : A mule is the offspring of a donkey and a horse. I've read some where
> : that a chimpanzee and a human are genetically closer than a donkey and
> : a horse. Wouldn't cross breeding humans with other primates qualify
> : as a form of uplifting? I think this would be technically possible
> : right now. Although it may be politically difficult.
> Well, there's Oliver ...
> Oliver was found in West Africa about thirty years ago and brought
> to America. His face is like a chimpanzee, but he walks erect.
> I first heard of him in a segment on television about a year ago;
> somebody is doing genetic tests to decide what his parents were.
> I think it not unlikely that Oliver's mother was a chimpanzee
> and his father a man.

As I recall, Oliver was a bonobo chimp. Bonobo's can walk erect much
better than any other non-human, and oliver might simply have been a
rather odd but talented bonobo, possibly a mutant. Since chimps share
98% of our DNA, its logical that a few human-like mutations to the
remaining percentage would produce noticable results.

			Michael Lorrey
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