Megafaunal Extinctions and the Disappearance of a Specialized Wolf Ecomorph

  title={Megafaunal Extinctions and the Disappearance of a Specialized Wolf Ecomorph},
  author={J. Leonard and C. Vil{\`a} and K. Fox-Dobbs and P. Koch and R. Wayne and B. V. Valkenburgh},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • J. Leonard, C. Vilà, +3 authors B. V. Valkenburgh
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the few large predators to survive the Late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions [1]. Nevertheless, wolves disappeared from northern North America in the Late Pleistocene, suggesting they were affected by factors that eliminated other species. Using skeletal material collected from Pleistocene permafrost deposits of eastern Beringia, we present a comprehensive analysis of an extinct vertebrate by exploring genetic (mtDNA), morphologic, and isotopic (delta(13… CONTINUE READING
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