The remains of an 18,000-year-old puppy might be those of a common ancestor of domestic dogs and modern gray wolves

A two-month-old puppy died 18,000 years ago, and it was preserved the permafrost near Yakutsk in Eastern Siberia.  I knew about this discovery a few weeks ago, but I was waiting DNA tests to see exactly what it was.  The … Continue reading

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Very high levels of dog introgression into wolves in Central Italy

As long-time readers of this blog know, I consider dogs to be a form of gray wolf.  I do not consider Canis familiaris to be a valid taxon, because of cladistics and because of the gene flow between domestic dogs … Continue reading

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Isle Royale’s wolves will have to be managed artificially

This year, several wolves were relocated from Minnesota and Ontario’s Michipicoten Island to Isle Royale.  These wolves were brought to the island to restore a moribund wolf population that had dwindled down to two individuals in the autumn 2018. These … Continue reading

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River Wolves

Quest and Anka swimming in the Ohio River on Sunday.         Natural History

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The tale of two box turtles and what they tell us about dogs and wolves

I keep running into this female Eastern box turtle when I am out and about. She is usually out looking for a place to lay her eggs, and because I know that her particular subspecies could become threatened in the … Continue reading

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Why are wolves forever wild?

The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

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