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The jackal looks like a simple domestic dog, but it is a skilled predator, has sharp and curved canines that allow him to eat small prey; it has long legs to run fast, commonly his coat is yellowish-brown with a black strip on his back.
Scientific denomination and classification[edit | edit source]
The scientific name of the jackal is "Canis adustus", belonging to the genus of "Canis" and to the class of mammals.
There are two other types of jackal: the "canis aureus": the golden jackal, and the "Canis mesomelas": the black-backed jackal
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
The lateral striped jackal, the most common one, lives in Central and Southern Africa. The jackal is omnivorous, eats 54% of meat and the rest vegetables: young gazelles, rodents, hares, birds , reptiles, frogs, fish, insects and fruit.
Jackals hunt in packs. The pack is formed by a pair of jackals that commands, and other jackals who have joined the herd to capture preys more easily.
Habitat[edit | edit source]
The common jackal lives in Central and Southern Africa.
The golden jackal lives in Southeastern Europe, Middle East, Western Asia, and South Asia.
The Black-backed jackal lives in Southern Africa and eastern coast of Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.
Evolution[edit | edit source]
Evolution starts from the black-backed jackal, which evolves into the lateral striped jackal; after then comes African the wild dog, after him comes the Dhole, after the Dhole comes the Ethiopian wolf; his face looks very much like the wolf.
After him comes the golden jackal, that slightly resembles a fox, after the golden African wolf arrives, he too resembles a fox, later there is the coyote, which is still a common animal in Africa.
Then there is the gray wolf, a very common animal even today, around in every part of the world, and finally comes the dog, the most common pet.
Its presence in the fables and stories[edit | edit source]In the past Jews and Christians saw the jackal as an evil animal instead, for Egyptians it was a positive animal because Anubis, the jackal-headed god, was the god of the afterlife.
the book is written in Italian.
Its presence in art (images)[edit | edit source]
Anubi, the Egyptian god of death.
Accompany the dead in the underworld up to the balance of the heart, takes the heart of the dead and weighs it with a feather, if the heart is less heavy than the feather the dead more go to heaven, but if it is heavier goes to hell.
(Other details)[edit | edit source]
The jackal commonly has the yellow coat with a black stripe on the back.