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New wolf species discovered in Africa

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New species are discovered surprisingly often. But it's not every day we realize an entire lineage of wolves — the large, charismatic cousins of man's best friend — have been lurking under our noses for more than a million years.

That's the conclusion of an intriguing new study, published in the journal Current Biology, which re-examines the identity of "golden jackals" living in Africa. Not only are these a separate species from the golden jackals of Eurasia, the researchers report, but they're not even jackals. Meet the African golden wolf (Canis anthus).

 

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