Turns out there are four species of Giraffe

Main report: Giraffes aren’t just giraffes. Turns out there are four species.
(Washington Post)
Other Reporting: Scientific American, MentalFloss, Gizmodo, JStor Daily
Scientific Paper: Current Biology   
New Taxa: Giraffa , Giraffa giraffa, Giraffa tippelskirchi, Giraffa reticulata, Giraffa camelopardalis
Categories: Mammals | New Species

A new genetic analysis of giraffes has revealed that the genus Giraffa actually contains at least four distinct species, not just three subspecies of the one species of giraffe.  The analysis reveals that giraffes should actually be divided into four distinct lineages that don’t interbreed in the wild.  Until recently, giraffe subspecies have been more simply assigned according to coat patterns, and local populations.

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