New species of canine discovered

New Species Of Canine Discovered

For the first time in 150 years, a new species of canine has been discovered.

What was originally thought to be a golden jackal -- has now been confirmed by researchers to be a new type of wolf, called the East African golden wolf.

For decades many thought this guy and others like him were jackals -- but DNA tests confirmed that wasn't true. In their defense, the two species look almost exactly alike and even act the same, but under the surface they are in fact different.

National Geographic reports the biggest distinction between the two on the surface, is that the golden wolf has a wider skull and stronger teeth. But we really don't recommend getting close enough to tell.

According to researcher, the golden wolf is found in north and east Africa, and the Middle East, while the golden jackal is found from southern Europe to the Middle East and across southern Asia.

There are now 36 types of canine species in the world, which which includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes and jackals.

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