- Researchers studying a species of wild dog have found that it matches the DNA of a species believed to be extinct.
- DNA matching and other factors have led scientists to conclude that dogs are indeed of the same species.
- Dogs can sing, although it is not clear which genre of music they prefer.
I’ve never heard of singing dogs, and you probably aren’t. This is probably because they were thought to have disappeared in their native New Guinea about half a century ago. This is quite a big scam, but as it turns out, dogs can actually still exist, only in a slightly different form.
Singing dogs from New Guinea still exist in captivity, but their numbers are small. Inbreeding is the only way to maintain species, which has led to some interesting DNA quirks. Researchers now say that what used to be considered a completely different species of wild dog in the region ̵
The study, which was published in Notices of the National Academy of Sciences, studies the DNA of alpine wild dogs and compares it with the DNA of famous singing dogs. When they crushed the data, they found that the two “separate” species actually shared 70% of their DNA.
Now, a 30% difference in DNA is certainly enough to declare two species separate, but the researchers who conducted the study believe that the big difference in DNA is actually due to the fact that singing dogs are largely inbred. If true, it means that the singing dogs have never disappeared at all, which is amazing news.
“This is the first study of alpine wild dogs with nuclear DNA, the gold standard for such research, which makes it quite special,” Elaine Ostrander, co-author of the study, told the website. Treehugger. “The study also fills in some gaps in understanding the complex relationship between wild dogs in the mountains, dingoes and singing dogs from New Guinea in conservation centers. The results of the study provide a means for conservation biologists to move forward with further research and while thinking about how to restore variations in the population for the conservation of singing dogs in New Guinea. “
But the coincidence is not only in DNA. Dogs produce similar “singing” calls as dogs that were thought to be extinct. They also look remarkably similar, leading to this new round of research.
So it seems that the singing dogs have returned from the dead in some way, or at least are incredibly closely related to the singing dogs from New Guinea, which are practically the same species. In the future, scientists plan to further study the genes of mountain dogs to see if they can determine where their tendency to sing comes from.