September 08, 2020 | Glendale, AZ
Researchers from Midwestern University, led by Heather F. Smith, Ph.D., Director of Anatomical Laboratories, have conducted groundbreaking anatomical research concerning the African wild dog, a unique species that uses “exhaustive predation” group hunting techniques to acquire prey.
Their report, published in the journal PeerJ, identifies the dogs’ unique physiology, which features only four full digits on their front paws. The researchers discovered a vestigial first digit which results in changes to the musculature and ligaments of these dogs’ paws, possibly allowing for longer strides and increased speeds. These anatomical traits contribute to their propensity to hunt by tiring out their prey over long distances rather than attacking with stealth or brute strength.
For further details about their research, see their study in PeerJ.