Sunday, December 15, 2013

"Stink badgers were traditionally thought to be related to true badgers in the (subfamily Melinae) of the weasel family of carnivores, the Mustelidae..."

"... but recent DNA analysis so strongly suggests they share a more recent common ancestor with skunks that experts have now placed them in the skunk family of carnivores, the Mephitidae. The two existing species are different enough from each other for the Palawan stink badger to be sometimes classified in its own genus, Suillotaxus."

1 comment:

  1. "...were traditionally thought to be....."

    As a conservative, am I obligated to endorse the traditional view? Must I insist that Stink Badgers always have been related to true badgers- and not to the skunks?