Giraffes Are Not One But Four Different Species

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The NY Times reported on the discovery that giraffes are not one but four very distinct speicies

“The genetic differences between giraffes is so large that we have to in fact describe four new species,” said Axel Janke, a geneticist from the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center in Frankfurt. “Some of the differences were as large or larger than the differences between brown bears and polar bears.”

Read story at A Quadruple Take on the Giraffe: There are Four Species, Not One – The New York Times

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