Category: animals

A Cute Accident

Clay brick with a stamped cuneiform inscription and a dog’s pawprints.

From the ziggurat at Ur, 2112 BCE – 2004 BCE.

A Cute Accident

Clay brick with a stamped cuneiform inscription and a dog’s pawprints.

From the ziggurat at Ur, 2112 BCE – 2004 BCE.

Extinct Wolf’s DNA Found In Wild Dog Pack

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The red wolf is a wolf subspecies native to the southeastern United States. The product of ancient genetic admixture between the gray wolf and the coyote, by the late 1960s, wild red wolves occurred in small numbers only on the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana and eastern Texas. Fourteen of these survivors were selected to be the founders of a captive-bred population. In the 1980s, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild. Reintroduction efforts have faltered: between 1987 and 1994, 63 red wolves were released into the wild, but their population but has declined from a high of 100-120 wolves in 2012 to 40 wolves in 2018.

A new genetic discovery suggests that some red wolves’ descendants have been living in Texas this whole time. Red wolf DNA has been found in a pack of small-town Texas feral dogs. After extensive cross-examination between the genes of Galveston Island dogs’ genes and those of related species — coyote, gray wolf, eastern wolf, and captive red wolf — found that the feral pack had genes known only to exist in red wolves. Pretty exciting stuff!

Did You Know Japan Used To Have Wild Wolves?

Unfortunately, wolves have been extinct on Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu since the 1700s, and on Hokkaido since the 1800s.

Yesterday's Print 2019-02-26 03:48:31


Napoleon and Uncle Elby
by Clifford McBride in the
The Evening Sun, Baltimore, March 10, 1936

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The Owl in The Attic and Other Perplexities, James Thurber, 1931  

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Tennis stars

Paul Féret, René Lacoste (of crocodile fame), Suzanne Lenglen with a friend, and

Eduardo Flaquer, 1923

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Yesterday's Print 2019-01-26 02:51:06

The Secret of Cooking for Cats, written by Martin A Gardner and illustrated by Clare Barnes, 1965

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Yesterday's Print 2019-01-25 19:46:08

The Secret of Cooking for Cats, written by Martin A Gardner and illustrated by Clare Barnes, 1965

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Yesterday's Print 2018-12-28 18:32:17

Punch magazine, England, December 1, 1948

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