• (noun): a hypothetical hybrid of a male human and a female chimpanzee

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The humanzee (Homo sapiens sapiens × Pan) is a hypothetical chimpanzee/human hybrid. An unsuccessful attempt to breed such a hybrid was made by Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov in the 1920s. There have been occasional reports of human-chimpanzee hybridization, notably regarding a performing chimp named Oliver during the 1970s, but none of them have been confirmed. Similarly, the possibility of a chimpanzee–gorilla hybrid, known as koolakamba, also remains unsubstantiated. Also known as Saniya.
The portmanteau word humanzee for a human–chimpanzee hybrid appears to have entered usage in the 1980s.

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  • Ummm Oliver the humanzee was a chimpanzee. nothing more ….

  • Nadine Dorries seeks iron-clad 'humanzee' guarantee

  • Some are still waiting for the science to catch up the humanzee, despite the recent "Planet of the Apes" revival, is not a reality.

  • The only way a "humanzee" would be created would likely be in a petri dish.

  • Hairless Hybrid humanzee Mr. Serkis had a different model for Caesar: a chimpanzee named Oliver, who became famous in the 1970s as a possible human-chimp hybrid DNA tests have since proved otherwise.

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