The Thylacine was more a marsupial coyote than a marsupial wolf

One of the most common memes in our popular understanding of zoology is that the thylacine of Tasmania was the marsupial equivalent of the gray wolf.  This idea comes from a rather superficial understanding of its morphology, and lots of … Continue reading

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So does the maned wolf break the “costs of carnivory” paradigm?

In recent post I wrote about the new research regarding the thylacine’s size, I mentioned that maned wolves might violated the “costs of carnivory” rule, which states that predatory mammals that weigh more than 21 kilograms (46 pounds) must haunt … Continue reading

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The head of a massive 40,000-year-old wolf discovered in the Yakutian permafrost

The Siberian Times reports that the head of a massive wolf was discovered in the permafrost in Yakutia (Sakha Republic of Russia).  The head includes much of the soft tissue, as well as its golden-colored fur. The head is 40 … Continue reading

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Gene flow between tazi and wolf in Kazakhstan

This image appeared on a Kazakh instagram account.  The wolf appears to be a steppe wolf (Canis lupus campestris). In Kazakhstan, people keep wolves as pets and “guard dogs” fairly often, and according to Stephen Bodio, they are obsessed with … Continue reading

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Thank you for this honest assessment. I am a wolf…

Thank you for this honest assessment. I am a wolfdog rescuer/sanctuary owner and sadly, we are in no position to help with 60 in our sanctuary now. Education is what will save the true wolfdogs AND keep bad backyard breeders … Continue reading

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Wolf alarm bark

A Yellowstone wolf sounding hauntingly familiar: Natural History

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What penis bones might tell us about dire wolf behavior

Dire wolves are one of those creatures from the past that has captured the public imagination. They are conventionally dreamed of as being massive wolves, and Hollywood has created fictional ones the size of horses. The truth of the matter … Continue reading

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The enigma of Hagenbeck’s wolf

One of the great enigmas in the world of canid zoology is the case of Hagenbeck’s wolf. Hagenbeck’s wolf is a proposed species based upon one pelt. The pelt came from an animal dealer in Argentina, who sold it to … Continue reading

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