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Comment by Joy Al-Sofi on March 2nd, 2019 at 4:37 am

A quick search online shows that there is considerable evidence and research to support the claim that the African golden jackal is, in fact, not a jackal but a wolf. It is not the same species as the golden jackal that inhabits Asia and Europe. Your article would benefit from updating to include this important information.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on March 2nd, 2019 at 11:23 am

Thank you, Joy, for your comment. Yes, indeed there is evidence that the Golden Jackal is in fact related to the wolf.

The concluding paragraph in our article already contains that information: “The golden jackal generally is grouped with the other jackals (the black-backed jackal and the side-striped jackal), although genetic research suggests that the golden jackal is more closely related to a “wolf” group that also includes the gray wolf (and the domestic dog) and the coyote (Lindblad-Toh et al. 2005). The genetic evidence is consistent with the form of the skull, which also bears more similarities to those of the coyote and the gray wolf than to those of the other jackal species (Jhala and Moehiman 2005).”

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I will check the article further to see if additional explanation is needed.

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