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Re: Tiktaalik, Great Danes and speciation
On Mon, 10 Apr 2006, Botterweg, Rrp wrote:
> There is at least one well-documented case of a female Dachshund mating
> with a male St. Bernard (could not have been the other way around ;-)),
> which is almost as extreme as a Great dane with a Chihuahua.
Not really. Great Danes are about the same size as St. Bernards, but a
Dachshund is 16 to 32 lbs. to a Chihuahua's 2 to 6 lbs. So a Chihuahua
is about 6% to 38% the size of a Dachshund (average 22%).
Still impressive, but I think it's safe to say the smallest and
largest _Canis lupus familiaris_ are reproductively isolated from each
other. (You could probably artificially inseminate a Great Dane bitch
with Chihuahua sperm, but that's cheating.)
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