Golden jackals from Africa and Eurasia, once thought to be the same species living in different parts of the world, aren't even half-siblings or step-siblings. They're more like the long lost second cousin once removed because, turns out, the African variety isn't even a Jackal at all. Recent DNA analysis has revealed that African buggers are actually more resemblant of wolves and the two golden jackal species, although having remarkably similar morphology - meaning they look almost identical - have evolved separately for millennia. Basically, their genetic stories tell a completely different story while their morphological ones tell the same one. Funny how that happens isn't it. I guess that's why Jackals are depicted as the tricksters in African folklore. Those sneaky bastards.