High-latitude genes turn Himalayan wolves into new species

The wolf, which lives at the highest altitude on Earth, is known for its long nose and white hair. According to a genetic analysis study published in Journal of Biogeography, Himalayan wolves carry specific genes to help them survive in thin air, similar to local Tibetan sons.

High-latitude genes turn Himalayan wolves into new species

Himalayan wolves live at high altitudes, which are quite different from the habits of gray wolves living in the surrounding areas. The researchers collected samples of wolves from the Tibetan plateau, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and DNA analysis found that Himalayan wolves carried specific genes to overcome hypoxia, including genes that enhance heart function and boost blood oxygen delivery. This kind of wolf should be seen as a different species.