What is a Quagga?

Phylogenetic Analysis of the Quagga

Russell Higuchi, Allan Wilson and their colleagues followed several steps in determining the relationship of the quagga to other animals. You will follow in their footsteps. In some steps you can read about what Higuchi, Wilson and others did. In some other steps you will perform the analysis yourself.
Here we go ...

What is the significance of this study? Certainly the quagga is a curious animal, but why is this considered to be such an important piece of scientific research?

This account is based on:
Higuchi, R., B. Bowman, M. Freiberger, O. A. Ryder, and A. C. Wilson. 1984. DNA sequences from the quagga, an extinct member of the horse family. Nature 312:282-284.
Higuchi, R., L. Wrischnik, E. Oakes, M. George, B. Tong, and A. Wilson. 1987. Mitochondrial DNA of the extinct quagga: Relatedness and extent of postmortem change. Journal of Molecular Evolution 25:283-287.