Why coyotes are not basal Canis

The traditional understanding of coyote evolution is that coyotes are basal wolf-like canids. This understanding comes from the hypothesis that coyotes directly evolved from Canis lepophagus in North America alone. Coyotes look and behave a lot like jackals of the … Continue reading

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The Redundancy of Canis familiaris

It’s not unusual for people who are trying to deny evolution or promote creationism or both, to come up with a common question: “If evolution is true, then why don’t dogs have something that isn’t a dog every once in … Continue reading

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Canis enigmaticus

The word “dog” connotes familiarity.  The domestic creature that we know so well is Canis lupus familiaris. We know it as well as family. But the truth of the matter there is a whole world of dogs we don’t know … Continue reading

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Canis oriens is not a good species

Within Canis, there are lots of bogus species proposed. A few years back,  a team of researchers in Australia made some skull measurements of dingoes and decided that we should declare the dingo a new species distinct from the domestic … Continue reading

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