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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 06:16 AM

A new species is evolving right before our eyes -- an ultra-successful mix of wolves, coyotes and dog

Travis Gettys TRAVIS GETTYS
30 OCT 2015 AT 11:35 EST



Eastern coyote (Wikipedia Commons)

A new species combining wolves, coyotes and dogs is evolving before scientists’ eyes in the eastern United States.

Wolves faced with a diminishing number of potential mates are lowering their standards and mating with other, similar species, reported The Economist.

The interbreeding began up to 200 years ago, as European settlers pushed into southern Ontario and cleared the animal’s habitat for farming and killed a large number of the wolves that lived there.

That also allowed coyotes to spread from the prairies, and the white farmers brought dogs into the region.

Over time, wolves began mating with their new, genetically similar neighbors.

The resulting offspring — which has been called the eastern coyote or, to some, the “coywolf” — now number in the millions, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.

More:
https://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/a-new-species-is-evolving-right-before-our-eyes-an-ultra-successful-mix-of-wolves-coyotes-and-dogs/?utm_source=push_notifications

Hooray for Wolcoyogs.

Cowolgs.

Science:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/122861518

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Reply A new species is evolving right before our eyes -- an ultra-successful mix of wolves, coyotes and dog (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 2019 OP
get the red out Jan 2019 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2019 #5
The Mouth Jan 2019 #6
madaboutharry Jan 2019 #2
Bob Loblaw Jan 2019 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2019 #4

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 07:39 AM

1. The Roadrunner is in for it now!

These guys probably get their ACME supplies via Amazon Prime.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 11:17 AM

5. The Roadrunner cartoons slandered coyotes. They are a lot smarter than roadrunners,

which are basically just fast chickens. The real Wile E. Coyote would have eaten the roadrunner in the first cartoon.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 01:58 PM

6. The speed

of a Coyote is 35-42 mph

the fastest a roadrunner has ever been observed is 22mph

Our childhood was a lie!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 08:22 AM

2. Thank you for posting.

Absolutely fascinating.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 08:51 AM

3. It is not uncommon

to hear and see them here in my suburb.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 11:15 AM

4. There are coyotes (coywolves?) in my neighborhood in Minneapolis.

A neighbor posted a picture of one in somebody's back yard on Nextdoor just a couple of weeks ago.

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