Weird Man Made Animals, Chimeras

Many people are familiar with hybrids, animals that are mated and produce offspring of mixed genes. Chimera are different these are animals out of the pages of science fiction books and made into real life.

 

A Chimera is an animal that is physically visible to be part one animal, and part another. This is very different from a hybrid animal where the genes are mixed. A mule is a perfect example of a hybrid, when we look at it the mule is a blend of both horse, and donkey, it falls somewhere in between its parents. To compare if a Chimera were made of horse and donkey it would look very different, perhaps the head and neck of a horse, with the body and legs of a donkey, and a horses tail.

 

The Geep

File:Sheep goat chimera.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sheep_goat_chimera.jpg

The geep is an animal that is part goat and part sheep – literally. Scientists took embryos of each and fused them together – unlike the blend created in a hybrid, these animals were physically part sheep, part goat. The parts that were goat grew goat hair, the parts that were sheep grew sheep fleece (wool).

The Jackalope

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By Gangsterphobia [FAL], from Wikimedia Commons

Unlike the Geep, the Jackalope was made after death.  It is a gimmick animal, a joke among hunters and woodsmen.  The Jackalope is a rabbits body with a deers antlers.

Mice

File:ChimericMouseWithPups.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ChimericMouseWithPups.jpg

Chimera mice are not so extreme, however they are a good place for science to look at the study of genes, in the above photo we see the larger mouse was created using parts of two different colored mice.  She has two pups with her who of course did not get her unnatural genetics but rather inherited one color.

In History

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By Pearson Scott Foresman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Throughout history man has invented many Chimeras, although most have not been brought to life, and are only on the pages of books, or in sculpture.  We know of mermaids, and other beasts created through imagination.  Creating Chimeras was so common that when the Australian platypus was first discovered people thought it was fake, the product of a duck and otter being sewn together.

LINKS

Real Hybrid Animals

Bizarre Siamese Twins

The Difference Between Sheep and Goats

Puppy Lambs, Lambs that look like Puppies

Mutations

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17 Responses to “Weird Man Made Animals, Chimeras”
  1. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

    wow!..really loved this..so cute indeed. thanks mate :)


  2. RAJEEV BHARGAVA Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    a very well researched and interesting article on the Chimeras. thanks very much for creating and sharing.


  3. Bismarck Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Your new article may be on chimeras in greek mythology. Thank you


  4. lillyrose Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I am not religious but when I read this it made me want to say we shouldn’t play God…which is just all wrong too, and thank god they are not real! LOL… I just can’t stop doing it.


  5. albert1jemi Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    great share


  6. catocato Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thats sad scientist should leave nature alone


  7. Adrn0919 Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Great Article. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it very much.


  8. dino renaldo Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    nice i like this post


  9. PSingh1990 Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Nice Share.

    :-)


  10. Kuru Tsu Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I thought this is about chimera which is a specie of shark that lives in the deepest ocean floor in japan.


  11. papaleng Says...

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

    interesting article, but I have to say this, let us leave Nature alone, for who knows we may come out with a deadly mutants.


  12. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On November 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    A very informative entry.


  13. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On November 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I wish we would leave nature alone.


  14. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On November 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I am with Ruby on this, but if we have to play around with gene splicing at least let\’s make things that are both functional and fun and safe. It seems like the things geneticists create are almost always scary.


  15. Starpisces Says...

    On November 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    something interesting though scary.
    :D


  16. S A JOHNSON Says...

    On December 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Awesome article. Though I am not religious, this idea of creating chimera’s and such, bothers me to no end. I totally think it’s wrong.


  17. writing4angels Says...

    On December 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Very well researched article. Love reading and also made me think about Mythological characters in different cultures and stories.


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