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Golden Jackal: A New Wolf Species Hiding in Plain Sight

posted Sep 5, 2015, 3:06 PM by chloe owens

7/30/15, by GrrlScientist, The Guardian

…a paper published today in Current Biology belies that assumption.  This paper describes the meticulous research conducted by an international team of experts who report a surprising discovery: a new species of wolf.  According to the authors, two golden jackal populations – one in Eurasia and the other in Africa – split more than one million years ago, which is sufficient to formally recognize each as separate species.  Further, after exhaustive DNA analyses, the authors were surprised to learn that African golden jackals are more closely related to grey wolves, even though there are no grey wolves in Africa and even though grey wolves and African golden jackals look dramatically different…As a result of this study, the authors propose that the African golden jackal be renamed the African golden wolf, Canis anthus.