Digital Coyote: Examining Geographical Variation Using a Virtual Museum Collection


TitleDigital Coyote: Examining Geographical Variation Using a Virtual Museum Collection
Publication TypeConference Paper and Presentation
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMcCabe, DJ, Vu, CMT
Conference Name35th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Date Published06/2014
Conference LocationUniversity of Oregon
Abstract

Measuring geographical variation requires specimens from diverse locations. Hosted by Wikieducator, Digital Coyote is a virtual museum of calibrated coyote (Canis latrans) skull photographs. This open educational resource includes 96 specimens from 24 locations from Texas to Alaska, New Brunswick to Washington State. Students use digital or printed images to test the hypothesis that northeastern coyote skulls are larger than northwestern conspecifics. The image collection also includes domestic dog skulls to facilitate comparisons between artificially and naturally selected populations. A rich literature on the topic provides an entry point to species concepts, hybridization, conservation genetics, and wildlife management.

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