Arctic Fox By Sam Gourley

Arctic Fox (Vulpes Lagopus)

In summer the Arctic Fox is a gray brown. But as winter begins they turn a creamy white. With a long bushy tail, small curled ears, and thick fur they can survive the harsh snow. They are usually about 3 feet long and weigh about 5-15 pounds.

Arctic Foxes are found throughout Arctic tundra, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, Norway, Scandinavia, and even Iceland.

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammal Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae Genus: Alopex Species: Lagopus

The Arctic Fox first evolved in Europe about 2.6 million years ago.

Morphological and Molecular Evidence

Arctic Fox closests relatives: Red fox, Swift fox, and Kit fox

The red fox and kit fox both have long snouts and pointed ears like the arctic fox.

Homologous Structures

Vestigial Structures

Transitional Fossils

The most recent ancestors to the arctic fox is Equus, Pliohipuus, and Merychipuus

Top one is Equus the most recent ancestor.

The arctic fox is different from it's ancestor because the arctic fox has a more longer jaw then from the Merychipuus.

Comparitive Embryology

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