I wasn't a big fan of the movie. I didn't really understand it. I was thinking- "What is the actual point of this movie?".. Perhaps there was a hidden agenda but I somehow don't think so.
"When We Call Someone A 'Monster', We Don't Really Know Anything About Them And Catagorize Them As A Completely Different 'Species'"
The best source for this topic and understandiing of why these two seemingly distinct animals can interbreed is the Bible. In Genesis chapters 7 and 8, you will note that God told Noah He would bring two of every "kind" of animal to Him to be put onto the ark. Our modern classification system is too broad and does not do justice to the biblical view of animals and there relations to one another. The reason they can interbreed is that they came fom one "kind" of cat (canine Genus) originally brought onto the ark. They have not evolved differently, but are merely different examples of genetic potential from the DNA of the original kind of cat.
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Just curious, but how can interbreeding be linked to evolution? If they have always been able to interbreed, then where did evolution come in to play? Again, I believe they were always able to interbreed, but as you have observed the hybrids are less suitable to live, so that may explain why in the wild we do not see these as often! That's not evolution, but survival of the fittest. A completely different concept.
ahh, hmm. evolution is survival of the fittest is it not. Correct me if i'm wrong. But a population "evovles" when different traits go in and out of the gene pool. The frequency of these genes depedn on who well each organism in the population survives and therefore reproduces. So hmmm.
and the movie really doesn't make any sense that's probably why the movie was so funny. I mean no one really would laugh at a national geographic presentation of ligers and tigons.
I think that soon scientists will decided to give a genus species name to all hybrids.
ligers are animals that have been mixed between a tiger and a lion. I think that they should mate naturally with no interferance
LOL, i thougth this topic had died, but i love seeing it back on the top, or near it. So read my paper, I know it's somewhere in this topic. And yes Napoleon Dynimite did make ligers famous. But ligers do have trouble mating, especially the males who are almost always sterile, meaning they can not produce offspring. But females however can. That's where you get li-tigons li-ligers ti-ligers and the rarest and my favorite ti-tigons.
oh ok i found my complete paper
or my website under papers, should be easy enough to find. READ it than we can talk.
Wow... That's really excellent and informative. I wasn't aware of how hybrids inherit both their parents' genes even for instincts like love of water. I also think the details about Ligers losing their stripes and tigons getting more stripes is fascinating. Why does that happen? Is it known? Do wild tigers get more stripes as they grow older?
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