Sunday, June 24, 2018

Wolves and coyotes

The fixation index, Fst, measures the genetic difference between two populations. From Greg Cochran's blog:
"According to wiki, Fst between Europeans (CEU) and sub-Saharan Africans (YRI) is 0.153.
"According to this study, Fst between North American wolves and coyotes is … wait for it..  0.153."
UPDATE: Was it the wolves or the coyotes who decided the wolf/coyote distinction was a social construction? 
UPDATE II: I see the same wiki article indicates the Chinese/sub-Saharan African Fst is 1.92.

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