Department News

2009-02-05

PROF ROBERT WAYNE AND GRAD STUDENT BRIDGETT VONHOLDT FEATURED IN THE JOURNAL SCIENCE

Why do nearly half of North American wolves have black coats while European wolves are overwhelmingly gray or white? The surprising answer, according to teams of biologists and molecular geneticists from Stanford University, UCLA, Sweden, Canada and Italy, is that the black coats are the result of historical matings between black dogs and wild gray wolves.

The research, federally funded by the National Science Foundation, appears Feb. 5 in the online edition of the journal Science and will be published later in the journal's print edition.

For more information on Professor Wayne and Bridgett vonHoldt's research: UCLA Newsroom