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Post  whitestarling on Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:56 am

New Golden Jackal species discovered

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The Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) in Tanzania, Africa

For the first time in 150 years a new canid species has been discovered in Africa, by scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The Golden Jackal of Africa (Canis aureus) has long been considered the same species as the Golden Jackals distributed throughout Eurasia, with the nearest source populations in the Middle East.

However, recent research indicates that they are actually two different species and that some African Golden Jackals aligned more closely to Gray Wolves (Canis lupus).

This is surprising given the absence of Gray Wolves in Africa and the phenotypic divergence between the two species.

The DNA results of the study provide consistent and robust evidence that populations of Golden Jackals from Africa and Eurasia should be recognised as two separate and distinct species, and it has been suggested that the Eurasian species should be named Eurasian Golden Jackal.

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Post  littlewid on Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:13 pm

Well they seem pretty certain there don't they WS. It's lovely that new species are being discovered, hidden joys that we didn't know about.

Thanks for the share

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:32 am

cheers WS - it's lovely that new species are still being discovered.

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