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2014-05-30 09:14:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have long-suspected that our ancestors were at least partially to blame for the extinction of the mammoth and a new research review from a Penn State anthropologist has revealed that ancient humans may have had an accomplice – domesticated dogs. The new study, published in the journal Quaternary International, is based on past examinations of European archeological sites with large numbers of mammoth remains. Study author...

Australian Dingo Found To Be A Distinct Species
2014-04-02 07:05:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When I think of a dingo, I think of a sad scene in the Tom Selleck movie, "Quigley Down Under" where the dingoes are attacking and Cora has to decide if she will repeat her mistakes, or let the aboriginal child cry. Like many of you, I'm sure, I considered them to be just another version of a coyote, no different from any other. A new study from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Sydney, however, reveals...

DNA Analysis Indicates Domesticated Dogs Originated In Europe
2013-11-15 07:00:03

[ Watch the Video: Where Did Dogs Really Come From? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An extensive genetic analysis of ancient canines, modern dogs and wolves suggests that the domesticated animal now known as “man’s best friend” originated in Europe at least 18,000 years ago. According to the Associated Press (AP), the researchers examined the DNA of 18 different wolf-like and dog-like specimens that lived in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Russia,...

Canadian Researchers Find Evidence That Coyotes Do Hunt Moose
2013-10-25 08:33:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New evidence published in Thursday’s edition of the Canadian Journal of Zoology suggests that, contrary to popular belief, coyotes are capable of taking down and devouring an adult moose. Study authors Dr. John Benson, a doctoral student in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University when the research was conducted, and Dr. Brent Patterson, a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural...

Ancient Canine Remains Closer To Domesticated Dogs Than Wolves
2013-03-07 11:53:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent genetic analysis has shown that a 33,000-year-old canine skull found in Siberia is more closely related to today´s domestic dogs than the wolves of its time, according to a report in the online journal PLOS ONE. The finding could have major implications for understanding how modern day labradoodles and peekapoos were bred from wild dogs over thousands of years. The skull was first found in 1975 by a team of Russian...

Genetic Evidence Confirms Coyote Migration Route To Virginia And Hybridization With Wolves
2011-10-26 03:37:47

Changes in North American ecosystems over the past 150 years have caused coyotes to move from their native habitats in the plains and southwestern deserts of North America to habitats throughout the United States. In a new study, published Oct. 17 in the Journal of Mammalogy, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute´s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics used DNA from coyote scat (feces) to trace the route that led some of the animals to colonize in...

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2011-06-01 07:00:00

A new genetic study finds that wolves in the eastern United States and Canada are actually hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes, while the area's coyotes are wolf-coyote-dog hybrids, according to a recent Associated Press (AP) report. The research advances a long-standing debate over the origins of two endangered species -- the red wolf, Canis rufus, in North Carolina and the eastern Canadian wolf, Canis lycaon, in Ontario.   The author's of the current study concluded that these...

2011-02-02 19:08:27

Anthropologists at the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge have discovered the oldest cemetery in the Middle East at a site in northern Jordan.  The cemetery includes graves containing human remains buried alongside those of a red fox, suggesting that the animal was possibly kept as a pet by humans long before dogs ever were. The 16,500-year-old site at 'Uyun al-Hammam was discovered in 2000 by an expedition led by University of Toronto professor Edward (Ted) Banning...

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2011-01-29 08:30:00

Scientists have discovered that the Egyptian jackal, which was previously thought to be a subspecies of the golden jackal, is actually a relative of the grey wolf. Genetic information shows that the species is more closely related to Indian and Himalayan wolves than golden jackals. The researchers said that the renamed "African wolf" was the only grey wolf species found in Africa. They also called for an urgent assessment of its conservation status. There has been a long-running debate over...


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Darwin’s Fox, Lycalopex fulvipes
2012-12-31 13:14:05

Darwin’s fox (Lycalopex fulvipes), also known as Darwin's Zorro, is a small “false fox” in the Lycalopex genus. It is locally know as Zorro de Darwin or the Zorro Chilote. Its range is small and includes the Nahuelbuta National Park in Chile and Chiloé Island. It is thought that this species prefers a habitat in southern temperate rainforests, a habitat on which it is highly dependent. Darwin’s fox was first discovered by Charles Darwin in 1834 while he was on the Beagle survey...

Hoary Fox, Lycalopex vetulus
2012-12-28 15:29:05

The hoary fox (Lycalopex vetulus), also known as the hoary zorro and raposinha-do-campo or “meadow fox” in Portuguese, is a small “false” fox that can be found in In Brazil. It is not a true fox, but a zorro, a species of dog that resembles a fox. Its range includes south-central Brazil, but some sightings have been reported in northern Brazil. It prefers a habitat within the Cerrado, which holds bushlands, open woodlands, and areas with sparse vegetation. It can be found at elevation...

Short-eared Dog, Atelocynus microtis
2012-10-30 11:30:12

The short-eared dog (Atelocynus microtis) is a species of canid that is native to the Amazonian basin. This species is the only one in its genus and is also known as the short-eared zorro and the short-eared fox. Its range includes Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia. It prefers a habitat in many areas of the rainforests in its range, mainly where there is little human disturbance. These areas include lowland forests, swamp forests, and terra firme forests. This species has many...

Blanford's Fox, Vulpes cana
2012-06-22 15:49:58

Blanford's fox (Vulpes cana) is native to areas of the Middle East. Its range includes Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkestan, the West Bank, Israel, northeast Iran, and southwest Pakistan. It has many other common names including the royal fox, dog fox, steppe fox, black fox, and king fox. Blanford's fox can reach and average body length of seventeen inches, and weigh as much as 6.5 pounds. The fluffy tail is approximately twelve inches in length and bears a black tip. The fur is tan in color,...

Pale Fox, Vulpes pallida
2012-05-25 11:57:06

The pale fox (Vulpes pallida) is a species of fox that little is known about. It blends in with the sand within its habitat that ranges from Senegal to Sedan, through the African Sahel. It prefers habitats in semi-deserts and stony deserts, but will sometimes wander into the Sahara. There are five recognized subspecies of this fox. The pale fox is long, but small with short legs. It can reach a weight of up to six pounds. It has large ears, which are typical to desert dwelling canids, and...

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