monkey walks on hind legs after recovering from illness

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  1. vniow macrumors G4

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    http://www.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2004/07/21/monkey_israel040721.html

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  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I found this very interesting. I've taken Anthropology classes and have heard many speculations on the transition of early hominids to bipedalism. It would be funny if it was all just a side effect of an illness.
     
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    Has anyone ever heard of a humanzee? I saw a documentary on Oliver the humanzee. That was VERY strange. Do a Google search if you've never heard of Oliver. :eek:
     
  5. belair macrumors 6502

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    Must be very impressive to actually see it.
    What is that human doing in a cage? Oh wait its a monkey. :eek:

    If it starts to talk in a few weeks I am on a plane to go and have a chat with her.
     
  6. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    could simply be because of the extended illness spending extra time around people
     
  7. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a

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    have you seen that old simpsons where the guys at nasa are discussing whether they should tell everyone about what happened to the monkey that they sent to space?

    "No i don't think we will be doing that" - the monkey says :p

    erm...back on topic. the monkey is weird but amazing!
     
  8. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm very happy to hear that the five year old monkey is OK. A major illness can make changes. Now to see if the monkey will continue to walk on her hind legs long term.
     
  9. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    Would be interesting, though i'm not sure how an effect caused by an illness would be passed through the genetic code. Seems like it would be a dead end at that animal.
     
  10. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    Maybe something about the illness or the way she recovered made it more comfortable for her to be upright most of the time.
     
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    Well, the change would need to be something genetic so that bipedalism could be heritable.

    It might be that brain damage caused by this illness had a similar effect as neuroanatomical modifications that conditioned hominids for bipedalism. Who knows!
     
  13. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    How is this odd? There are illnesses in humans that make them walk exclusivly on all fours :eek:
     

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