Extinct Wolf's DNA Found In Wild Dog Pack

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. Just in time, too. 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!

The Original Inhabitant

Seán Ó hEinirí, a native of County Mayo, Ireland, died in 1998. He was believed to be the last known monolingual Irish speaker. In other words: he only spoke Irish and knew no English. He was known locally as 'seanfhondúir' which translates to 'old-timer, original inhabitant'.

Feeling Fab

The word “fabulous” comes from the Latin “fabulosus” or “celebrated in fable.” Once, you had to do something nearly unbelievable for it to be fabulous. Nowadays, a mildly productive work meeting counts.

Las Lajas Sanctuary of Colombia

Why was a cathedral built in such an odd way? Thank a miracle. Supposedly, in 1754 an Amerindian Maria Meneses de Quiñones and her deaf and mute daughter Rosa were caught in a very strong storm. They took shelter between the lajas (slabs). To Maria's surprise, she heard her daughter suddenly speaking! "The Mestiza is calling me," Rosa said, pointing to a lightning-illuminated silhouette over the laja. The Virgin Mary was given credit for the miracle and the apparition and a pilgrimage site sprang up, as did a straw-and-wood shrine. More miraculous cures were reported and more pilgrims came. Eventually a larger church was needed so the present cathedral, with its amazing architecture, was built between 1916 and 1949.

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.


"I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his."

Catherine the Great, who ruled as empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796.

The Returning Soldiers Effect

During and shortly after World War I and World War II, the ratio of male babies to female babies went significantly up, in most of the belligerent countries. No one knows why.

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