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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...

2011-01-27 15:30:39

New molecular evidence reveals a new species of grey wolf living in Africa. Formerly confused with golden jackals, and thought to be an Egyptian subspecies of jackal, the new African wolf shows that members of the grey wolf lineage reached Africa about 3 million years ago, before they spread throughout the northern hemisphere. As long ago as 1880 the great evolutionary biologist Thomas Huxley commented that Egyptian golden jackals "“ then as now regarded as a subspecies of the golden...

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2008-11-10 13:09:14

Scientists are in a race against time to save the world's rarest wolf from extinction. Up to two-thirds of all Ethiopian wolves are being threatened by rabies passed from domestic dogs. Scientists from the UK and Ethiopia are currently vaccinating wolf packs to prevent the spread of the disease. Human encroachment into the wolves' habitat has caused the population to fall under 500. "Vaccinations are the only hope of maintaining the Ethiopian wolf population," said Dr. Claudio Sillero of...