Scientists may wrongfully believe they have come to a point where everything has been discovered and there is little space left for breakthroughs. However, a recent evolutionary research proves the African golden jackal is the first new species of wolves discovered in 150 years.
The research was conducted by biology expert Klaus-Peter Koepfli, who is currently working at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in an attempt to discover new particularities in relation to the evolution of the canids. To their surprise, researchers found a new species of wolves: the African golden jackal, which had been evolving under their noses for a long time without anyone noticing it.
Unlike the previous studies that have been accomplished in this direction, the current experiment implied the comparison of DNA sequences that have been withdrawn from three existing canid species, namely, the side-striped, the black-backed and the golden jackal.
Scientists have thought they knew everything there was to know about the said species, but they have discovered that the African golden jackal isn’t in fact related to the African species, but rather it represents a different category which appeared and evolved in Eurasia.
The new finding was made possible with the help of the comprehensive DNA sequence comparison. As Koepfli has explained, the current research included information from the maternal, paternal and bi-parent lines of genetic heredity. Their data has revealed that the side-striped and the black-backed wolves have nothing in common with the golden jackal from Eurasia.
As a matter of fact, the species of canids has had a completely different evolution from the rest of the species, scientists have concluded. They will closely follow these exemplars in the future to determine whether there are other discoveries they can make in relation to this species or not.
Koepfli has been very pleased with the findings he has made. He expressed his surprise to see that such discoveries are still possible nowadays. The team of researchers believes the new methods of investigation they are now using could help them make similar discoveries in the future, as well.
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