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    Genome-wide Evidence Reveals that African and Eurasian Golden Jackals Are Distinct Species
    with K. P. Koepfli, J. Pollinger, R. Godinho, J. Robinson, A. Lea, R. M. Schweizer, O. Thalmann, P. Silva, Z. Fan, A. A. Yurchenko, P. Dobrynin, A. Makunin, J. A. Cahill, B. Shapiro, F. Álvares, J. C. Brito, E. Geffen, J. A. Leonard, K. M. Helgen, W. E. Johnson, S. J. O'Brien, B. VanValkenburgh, and Wayne R. K.
    © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. The golden jackal of Africa has long been considered a conspecific of jackals distributed throughout Eurasia, with the nearest source populations in the Middle East. However, two recent reports found that mitochondrial haplotypes of some African golden jackals aligned more closely to gray wolves [1, 2], which is surprising giventhe absence of gray wolves in Africa and the phenotypic divergence between the two species. Moreover, these results imply the existence of a previous…Read more