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Science question!

Ok...no bashing here, this is an honest inquesry. I have an assignment on Darwin due and need to know if Gorillas and Chimps can interbreed. I want to say the answer is no, but I have been unable to find any information online. So please help! Does anyone out there know FOR A FACT if chimps and gorillas can interbreed? Please add references. Thanks ladies!

 
TheDragn01

Asked by TheDragn01 at 10:24 PM on Feb. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • speciation occurs because of breeding barriers at the environmental and cellular level.

    for example, if the home ranges of two different species don't overlap then there is a low likelihood these two will meet each other and breed. if they do overlap and happen to get it on, chromosome number differences and egg/sperm proteins may prevent egg fertilization. if a successful fertilization occurs it is highly likely the offspring will be a sterile hybrid--a live animal is born, but can not reproduce because of chromosomal abberations (usually because inappropriate meitoic divisions). however, there have been a few (very very few) cases where hybrids can reproduce (eg. fertile "mules").

    but really, i don't think a chimp would like to mate with a gorilla...considering the gorillas very small package =X
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • http://rafonda.com/interbreeding_between_species.html

    Maybe this will help?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Feb. 15, 2009