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Cold Case Reopened: Finding Clues to Recurrent Mass Mortalities
in Greenland Sled Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris borealis)
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Cold case reopened: finding clues to recurrent mass mortalities in Greenland sled dogs (Canis lupus familiaris borealis) was published in Nature (July 2019, Volume 42, Issue 7, pp 1411–1413 under Polar Biology. As Springer, the publisher, wanted a huge sum to retrieve it in its entirely, and then over $800 for the right to reproduce it in The Fan Hitch PostScript, I decided to write to the lead author, Emilie U. Andersen-Ranberg, DVM, to ask for a copy. It is briefly summarized below:
Disease occurrences, such as canine distemper virus (CDV) in Greenland Dogs, have been recognized and described for a couple of hundred years.Emilie U. Andersen-Ranberg, DVM has published other papers on the Greenland Dog as well (see these and other papers at the QIMMEQ website here). In addition to a copy of the paper, she included a heads up on other QIMMEQ projects:
As an aside, please take note of how these authors taxonomically identify the Greenland Dog as Canis lupus familiaris borealis. From Darwin’s time until fairly recently, the Inuit Sled Dog (the Canadian Inuit Dog and the Greenland Inuit Dog) was known scientifically as Canis familiaris borealis. Then taxonomists, in identifying domestic dogs in relation to the wolf, Canis lupus, re-named them as a whole Canis lupus familiaris. I bear no strong opinion either way about the domestic dog’s name change. However, it is important to me that scientists identify aboriginal dogs as distinct from cultured dog breeds, recognizing these landraces as unique in the canid world. Sadly, not all scientists are committed to this concept.