, Volume 41, Issue 9, pp 1192–1193

Immunological systematics of the extinct quagga (Equidae)

  • J. M. Lowenstein
  • O. A. Ryder
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01951724

Cite this article as:
Lowenstein, J.M. & Ryder, O.A. Experientia (1985) 41: 1192. doi:10.1007/BF01951724


It has been debated whether the extinct quagga was a distinct fourth species of African zebra or whether it was merely the southern variant of the Plains zebra (Equus burchelli). Using a radioimmunoassay (RIA) technique, we have shown that proteins remaining in quagga skins from museums are much more similar to serum proteins of the Plains zebra than to those of the other two extant zebras.

Key words

Quagga zebra horses, equids, radioimmunoassay molecular evolution proteins 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Lowenstein
    • 1
  • O. A. Ryder
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA