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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Wolves on Couches

Don’t worry, wolves. The couch gets me every time, too! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Doggies.com Dog Blog

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Wolves have driven the evolution of antler retention in North American elk

We don’t really think of antlers as being practical weapons. No species of deer that has them has them year round, and in only one species, caribou/reindeer, do both sexes have antlers. We tend to think of antlers as being … Continue reading

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River Wolves

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

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Are Dogs Wolves?

The conversation has been going on for years about whether dogs are basically governed by the qualities of their distant ancestors, the wolf. There have been lively debates about whether the chihuahua under someone’s arm retains any of the instincts, … Continue reading

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The problem with using modern wolves in dog domestication studies

Gordon Buchanan with a wild arctic wolf on Ellsmere. Photo by the BBC.  For really long time, the mystery of human bipedalism vexed us. Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees and the bonobos, are all knuckle-walking apes, and there was an … Continue reading

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Dr. Claudio Sillero on Ethiopian wolves

This is “Mr. Ethiopian wolf,” pretty much the world’s leading expert on the species: There is a very interesting discussion in the Q and A portion about the introgression of dog genes into Ethiopian wolves and why that’s not necessarily … Continue reading

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Arctic hare vs. wolves

Quite a chase! Natural History

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Great documentary about Indian wolves

This is now playing on Netflix: These wolves really do remind me of coyotes, right down to their consumption of fruit when it’s available.   Natural History

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49 wolves

Source for image Any time someone from the Lower 48 goes to Alaska, the instant question that comes up on return is the traveler encountered a wolf. The answer for me is simply no, and I knew fully well there … Continue reading

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