In the early twentieth century, one species of the wildebeest, Connochaetes albojubatus, was identified in eastern Africa. However, in 1939, the two were once again merged into a single race, Connochaetes taurinus albojubatus. while the black wildebeest belonged to the genus Connochaetes. Blue wildebeest fossils dating back some two and a half million years ago are common and widespread.
In 1914, two separate races of the wildebeest were introduced, namely Gorgon a. In the mid-twentieth century, two separate forms were recognised, Gorgon taurinus hecki and G. Today they are united in the single genus Connochaetes: the black wildebeest being named (C. They have been found in the fossil bearing caves at the Cradle of Humankind north of Johannesburg.
albojubatus ("Athi white-bearded wildebeest") and G. Elsewhere in South Africa they are plentiful at such sites as Elandsfontein, Cornelia and Florisbad.
Chromosomes were studied in a male and a female wildebeest.
The wildebeests, also called gnus, are a genus of antelopes, scientific name Connochaetes.
Both species of wildebeest are even-toed, horned, greyish-brown ungulates resembling cattle.The wildebeest, or the genus Connochaetes, is placed under the family Bovidae and subfamily Alcelaphinae, where its closest relatives are the hartebeest (Alcelaphus spp.), the hirola (Beatragus hunteri) and species in the genus Damaliscus, such as the topi, the tsessebe, the blesbok and the bontebok.Wildebeest were first discovered about 1700 by Dutch settlers on their way to the interior of South Africa.They are also alert to the warning signals emitted by other animals such as baboons.Wildebeest are a tourist attraction but compete with domesticated livestock for pasture and are sometimes blamed by farmers for transferring diseases and parasites to their cattle.