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Multiple and ancient origins of the domestic dog.
Sequences from both dogs and wolves showed considerable diversity and supported the hypothesis that wolves were the ancestors of dogs, suggesting that dogs originated more than 100,000 years before the present.
Tidal Marshes: A Global Perspective on the Evolution and Conservation of Their Terrestrial Vertebrates
Tidal marshes and their endemic fauna face broad threats from a variety of human-caused environmental changes, and future research should focus on global inventories, intercontinental comparative work, and investigation to determine why almost all presently described endemic taxa appear to be found in North America.
Phylogeny of the Procyonidae (Mammalia: Carnivora): molecules, morphology and the Great American Interchange.
Ancient wolf lineages in India
- D. Sharma, J. Maldonado, Y. V. Jhala, R. Fleischer
- BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society of London…
- 7 February 2004
The Indian subcontinent has three divergent, ancient and apparently parapatric mtDNA lineages within the morphologically delineated wolf, finding no evidence that these two taxa played a part in the domestication of canids.
Phylogenetic relationships, evolution, and genetic diversity of the domestic dog.
The results do not support a New World domestication of dogs nor a close association of the Xoloitzcuintli with other hair-less breeds of dogs, but mitochondrial DNA analysis suggests a more ancient origin of dogs than has been indicated by the fossil record.
The surprising evolutionary history of South American deer.
Detection and accuracy rates of dogs trained to find scats of San Joaquin kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica)
Evaluated detection and accuracy rates of dogs trained to find scats of endangered San Joaquin kit foxes and conducted controlled discrimination experiments to see if trained dogs could distinguish between scats from kit and red foxes.
Coyote colonization of northern Virginia and admixture with Great Lakes wolves
Noninvasive molecular techniques are used to detect the geographic origins of the recent coyote colonization of northern Virginia as a representative of the mid-Atlantic region and to detect signatures of admixture with GLWs.
Assessing reliability of microsatellite genotypes from kit fox faecal samples using genetic and GIS analyses
- D. Smith, K. Ralls, A. Hurt, B. Adams, M. Parker, J. Maldonado
- BiologyMolecular ecology
- 16 January 2006
Examination of a kit fox scat data set for genotyping errors using both genetic and GIS analyses and the feasibility of combining both approaches to assess reliability of the faecal DNA results concluded that this noninvasive method is a reliable approach for monitoring kit foxes.
Tripartite genetic subdivisions in the ornate shrew (Sorex ornatus)
The northern ornate shrew clade is phylogenetically clustered with another species of shrew suggesting that it may be a unique lowland form of the vagrant shrew that evolved in parallel to their southern California counterparts.