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#6: Human-Ape Hybrid
For decades dark rumors circulated alleging that the Soviets had conducted experiments to try to create a human-ape hybrid by breeding chimpanzees and humans, but it wasn't until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of Russian archives that the rumors were confirmed.

Dr. Il'ya Ivanov was a world-renowned expert on veterinary reproductive biology, but he wanted to do more in life than breed fatter cows. So in 1927 he traveled to Africa to pursue his vision of interbreeding man and ape.

Thankfully his efforts weren't successful. To a great degree this was due to the native staff of the West Guinea research facility where he worked, from whom he constantly had to conceal the true purpose of his experiments. If they had found out what he was really doing, he wrote in his diary, "this could have led to very unpleasant consequences." The necessity of carrying out his work in secrecy made it almost impossible to do anything, although he did record two unsuccessful attempts to artificially inseminate female chimpanzees with human sperm.

Frustrated, Ivanov eventually returned to the Soviet Union. He brought an orangutan named Tarzan back with him, hoping to continue his research in a more accepting environment. Back home he advertised for female volunteers willing to carry Tarzan's child, and remarkably he got a few takers. But then Tarzan died and Ivanov himself was sent off to a prison camp for a couple of years. This ended his research. There are vague rumors suggesting that other Soviet scientists continued Ivanov's work, but nothing definite has been proven.

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"There are vague rumors suggesting that other Soviet scientists continued Ivanov's work, but nothing definite has been proven."

Posted by norm  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  11:54 PM
I'm guessing his choice of africans for human subjects for his human-ape hybrid was no mere coincidence.
Posted by outeast  on  Thu Aug 30, 2007  at  05:53 AM
How did he manage to find an orangutan in South Africa? It must've been an orangutan on a business trip or something, since orangutans are native of south east Asia, especially Borneo, which is on the other side of the planet.
Posted by Al  on  Thu Aug 30, 2007  at  07:37 AM
Go out on the street and look around, the experiment was succesful.
Posted by John  on  Sat Sep 01, 2007  at  09:57 AM
And that's how the Russians invented HIV.
Posted by Ben Hennessy  on  Thu Sep 13, 2007  at  05:32 PM
I guess this just proves the theory that man comes from an ape...
Posted by Nicky  on  Fri Sep 14, 2007  at  06:21 AM
I guess this just proves the theory that man comes from an ape...
Posted by Nicky on Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 04:21 AM

Posted by Pramblestacks  on  Fri Sep 14, 2007  at  08:23 PM
I knew an experimental psychologist (head of the psychology Dept, West Coast University in the 1970s) who worked at Yerkes Primate lab in Florida in his younger years. He made cryptic remarks about hybrid experiments...was careful not to be too explicit, but from his remarks I suspect there was some attempt to crossbreed.
Posted by degustibus  on  Sat Sep 15, 2007  at  11:04 PM
The Soviets were hoping to breed an army of "half-man half-ape super-warriors to conquer the rest of world...If successful, the plan would have seen humans and chimpanzees cross-breeding to create a new race of "living war machines", which ignored pain and fear and which thrived on hardship."

The Soviets were nothing if not inventive.,10117,17630955-13762,00.html
Posted by John S  on  Mon Sep 24, 2007  at  12:02 PM
This is how black people came about.
Posted by AIDS  on  Sat Sep 29, 2007  at  04:04 AM, black people is where we all came from.
Posted by John S  on  Mon Oct 01, 2007  at  01:21 AM
You are a person, a black person is a person. The genetic differences are extremely minute. Basically, you just said that's where you came from, the difference is in our heads.
Posted by To: AIDS  on  Mon Oct 01, 2007  at  05:59 PM
I dont believe it unless a picture comes up or physical evidence comes up. I think theres a photo somewhere out there
Posted by Joe  on  Tue Oct 30, 2007  at  05:15 PM
Your all fucking idiots.
Posted by billy  on  Sun Jan 13, 2008  at  09:57 PM
Our high school biology teacher, who was a bit weird but brilliant, once passed a book around the class room. He said it was a banned book and he asked us not to speak of it afterward but he wanted to prove that men and apes are related and therefore evolution was a fact. The book was old, pre-WWII, and it was written in German or Russian but it was a scientific journal that had photos of fetus's (none were carried full term) of human/chimp and human/gorrilla hybrids. Mostly fur covered but definitely part human.
Posted by Terry  on  Thu Jan 24, 2008  at  05:58 PM
"Mostly fur covered but definitely part human"

Good lord! (choke) So they DID do it. Maybe some were used to pilot the experimental aircraft that crashed at Roswell.
Posted by John Sawyer  on  Thu Jan 24, 2008  at  11:09 PM
Hey, I though this was MY ORIGINAL IDEA!!!
Posted by David Q.  on  Sun Feb 03, 2008  at  07:02 PM
This proves that metaphysical knowledge that ape came from man. Ape is a marriage of mans beastialty. this was told by Helena Blavatsky in the secret doctrine. I spoke to the keeper of Oliver in San antonio about this theory back in the early 90,s. It does not suprise me that most of the secret doctrine is being proven right. everything from cosmology to mythology. It dead on.
Posted by aumwarrior  on  Fri Jul 18, 2008  at  07:59 PM
the only difference between black people and white people is black people have more pigment in their skin.
Posted by huw  on  Sun Aug 10, 2008  at  05:34 PM
It wasn't Ivanov's idea so much as Stalin's. Stalin wanted an invincible army of ape-men. See "Stalin's ape-man superwarriors"
Posted by Andrew Lamb  on  Mon Sep 08, 2008  at  04:59 PM
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