Sunday, February 13, 2011
Remember the jackal-headed Egyptian god, Anubis? (You should if you took any class on Egypt of watched the original Jonny Quest.) Well, the Egyptian jackal, scientists have discovered, is actually a wolf. The "African wolf," as it has been rechristened, may be a separate species or it may be another of the thirtysomething subspecies of the gray wolf Canis lupus. This was a stunner to zoologists who had never questioned the canid's identity until a DNA study.