Scientists have uncovered the genetic roots of a new species of wolf, the first documented wolf in North America.
The discovery, published today in the journal Science, provides new insight into the origins of the wolf in northern Mexico, which has been described as the largest wolf population in the world.
The researchers say the wolf’s wild ancestors may have been a “primitive species” whose members had no predators and had adapted to the harsh conditions of the landscape.
The scientists are also looking at how the wolf and its relatives are related to other wolves.
The findings are important because they reveal that the wolf, like other large carnivores, is not the only carnivore that has evolved from a smaller, scavenger-based carnivore.
And the research may lead to better understanding of the genetic basis of other large predators, including bears, coyotes, wolves and foxes, which have been studied extensively.
“The idea that wolves could have evolved from small scavenger carnivores that were a distinct species is quite new and is exciting,” said Professor John Hart, the lead author of the study.
“But what we now know is that we are seeing that the DNA of these wolves is very similar to the DNA in other carnivores and in other wild carnivores.”
The new species was first identified in the wild by researchers in 2006 and named Coyote by a local citizen who was searching for an ancient Mexican village with ancient artifacts.
The new wolf was named Coyo by the researchers, but was named by a resident of the village.
The Wolf in the Woods project is part of the University of Washington’s Coyo Project, which is an effort to collect and analyze DNA samples from the wolf population that live in the southern United States.
The Coyo project has collected DNA samples and other samples from wolves in the Wolf in The Woods area for the past three years, which researchers hope will provide a unique glimpse into the genetic makeup of the wolves that inhabit this area.
The project has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Mexican government.
The research was funded by USGS, the US Department of Interior, the Department of the Interior, and the National Geographic Society.
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