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Falkland Islands Wolf

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Zebra57
649552.  Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:26 am Reply with quote

When Darwin visited the Falkland Islands he found a wolf living on the islands. The animal appeared out of line with the rest of the fauna. Recent analysis of the DNA from some museum specimens of the long extinct animal shows its distant relationship to a South American Wolf. As the Falkland Islands were not attached to the South American continent(please note Argentina) how did the Wolf arrive on the islands? It is a scientific mystery - any suggestions?

 
Moosh
650713.  Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:27 am Reply with quote

Floated across on coconuts.

 
suze
650724.  Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:13 am Reply with quote

Moosh's theory does require a few problems to be overcome before we can accept it as correct. Not least, there are no coconuts that far south ...

This article presents an alternative notion - they were there before the Falkland Islands became separate from the South American continent.

 
Alfred E Neuman
650816.  Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:08 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Moosh's theory does require a few problems to be overcome before we can accept it as correct. Not least, there are no coconuts that far south ...


It floated across on coconuts from northern Brazil?

 
Zebra57
650930.  Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:59 pm Reply with quote

Sounds interesting how many coconuts would it take?

The Falklands split from South America when the supercontinent Gondwanaland broke up long before the wolf evolved

 

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