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Scientists Prove Rare Wolves Still Exist, But They’re In Real Trouble

posted Jun 24, 2016, 9:23 PM by chloe owens

4/26/16, by Hilary Hanson, Huffington Post

Scientists Prove Rare Wolves Still Exist, But They’re In Real Trouble

Scientists believe humans seriously threaten the existence of a rare type of wolf in Nepal…confirmed that four fecal samples found in Nepal’s Trans-Himalayan region belonged to Himalayan wolves.  Anecdotal evidence indicated that these wolves still roma the mountains of Nepal, India and Tibet…Himalayan wolves are smaller than the gray wolves native to North America and Eurasia, with stumpier legs and longer snouts…But what really makes the wolves so special is tat DNA evidence suggests they come from a genetic line that split from the “wolf-dog clade” – the ancestral group predating the gray wolf and domestic dog – between 800,000 to 1.5 million years ago. “Due to the fact that they evolved in isolation without mixing from other wolf and domestic dog lineages and their critically endangered status, it is prudent to focus conservation efforts as an evolutionary distinct entity…”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/himalayan-wolves_us_571f9dc3e4b01a5ebde37907

 

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