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In the original Planet of the Apes, the astronauts get lost in space and crash land on what they believe is an alien planet.

But when they wake up only the female counter part has turned to an ape.

How did this happen?

According to the story line, apes eventually evolved and learned to do all the things that a human was capable of, and the human species lost their capabilities and behaved like primates, but looked a lot like humans. But the astronaut seemingly had turned to an ape.

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She didn't turn into an ape. She died. – Travis Jan 23 '13 at 14:00
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Maryann Stewart did not turn into an ape, her stasis pod malfunctioned.

Stewart's cubicle has been damaged during the flight, and what's left of her is a mummified corpse.

Steward [Source]

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Yep. +1 and thanks for rekindling my childhood nightmares.:) – Nobby Jan 23 '13 at 14:22
Lol ! I thought the other way, sounds like a silly question now :D – GoodSp33d Jan 23 '13 at 14:28

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