Our bond with dogs may go back more than 27,000 years
Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 21. Earlier genome ...
Family room: Wolves need enemy-free space to raise offspring say ecologists
Without adequate space to raise their offspring, wolf packs lash out at competing clans and fight to the death to protect their turf.
Agriculture and parting from wolves shaped dog evolution, study finds
(Phys.org)—Part of the ancient mystery of the makeup of the modern Western dog has been solved by a team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Healthy mom with lots of help key to thriving brood, scientists say
(Phys.org)—What does it take to raise successful, self-sufficient offspring? A healthy mom with lots of in-house help, says Utah State University researcher Dan MacNulty. While this advice may benefit humans, ...
Study of wolves will help scientists predict climate effects on endangered animals
Scientists studying populations of gray wolves in the USA's Yellowstone National Park have developed a way to predict how changes in the environment will impact on the animals' number, body size and genetics, amongst other ...
Wolves may aid recovery of Canada lynx, a threatened species
As wolf populations grow in parts of the West, most of the focus has been on their value in aiding broader ecosystem recovery but a new study from Oregon State University also points out that they could play an important ...
Ravenous wolves colonise France, terrorise shepherds
A bloody, stinking sheep's carcass greets shepherd Yves Vignon as he walks to check on his flock on the foggy Alpine heights. It's the 17th of his ewes to be savaged in a month.
Study: Eastern wolves are hybrids with coyotes
Wolves in the eastern United States are hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes, while the region's coyotes actually are wolf-coyote-dog hybrids, according to a new genetic study that is adding fuel to a longstanding ...
Poop reveals an immigrant in Isle Royale wolves' gene pool
The wolves and moose of Isle Royale have done it again. Theyve surprised the scientists who have spent more than half a century studying them.
Wolves lose their predatory edge in mid-life, study shows
Although most wolves in Yellowstone National Park live to be nearly six years old, their ability to kill prey peaks when they are two to three, according to a study led by Dan MacNulty and recently published ...
Wolf mother deaths threaten pack survival but not population
When a breeding wolf dies, its sex and the size of its pack can determine whether that pack continues, according to research published July online by the Journal of Animal Ecology.
Italian wolves prefer pork to venison
Some European wolves have a distinct preference for wild boar over other prey, according to new research.
Hanging in there: Koalas have low genetic diversity
A species relies on genetic diversity to survive and low diversity usually indicates that there has been inbreeding due to a decrease in population size. By looking at historic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from ...
Endangered wolves at NY preserve produce 8 pups
(AP) -- Eight rare Mexican wolf pups have been born at a preserve in the New York City suburbs, a development that could aid the federal program that has reintroduced the endangered species to the wild.