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The Lamb with a Human Face

by Brian Dunning

December 11, 2011

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Donate That's right, it is exactly what you think it is. It's a lamb with a human face... at least, according to the local governor where this unfortunate lamb was stillborn in Turkey. He said:
It is really embarrassing. The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features.
OK then.

In fact, probably not so much. A human would be unable to impregnate a sheep at all; our genetic makeups are far too different. This poor lamb was an unfortunate "100% pure sheep" mutation, and probably had very little chance of survival.

The governor's assessment reflects scientific ignorance, and an attempt to explain what he saw within the context of his limited knowledge on the subject. His assumption is not an unreasonable one; generally, when two species that are close enough to interbreed do so, traits from each are apparent in the offspring.

by Brian Dunning

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