Digital Coyote

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We are building an online virtual museum of coyote skull specimens to provide calibrated photographs from around North America. Measurements can be made from the photographs by students, educators, and researchers. We are seeking collaborators to provide photographs of other coyote skulls to complement our collection. We have photographed the coyote snd domestic dog skull collections at Saint Michael's College and anticipate adding representatives of other species as time permits.


Population-level questions using coyotes

Dealing with gender

Male coyotes are larger than females. But we do not know the gender of the specimens on this site. One way to deal with that would be to compare the largest (and probably male) skulls in one region to the largest skulls from another region. It's probably not safe to assume that the smallest are all female; small skulls may come from juveniles of either gender.

Inter-specific comparisons with domestic dogs

We added a collection of about 25 domestic dog skulls to provide a comparison to an artificially selected domestic species. Three new specimens were recently added to the collection and will be photographed as time permits.

Statistical tests that could be practiced

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