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Methods for the extraction, storage, amplification and sequencing of DNA from environmental samples
Advances in the sequencing of DNA extracted from media such as soil and water offer huge opportunities for biodiversity monitoring and assessment, particularly where the collection or identificationExpand
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Ancient plant DNA in lake sediments.
Contents 924 I. 925 II. 925 III. 927 IV. 929 V. 930 VI. 930 VII. 931 VIII. 933 IX. 935 X. 936 XI. 938 938 References 938 SUMMARY: Recent advances in sequencing technologies now permit the analyses ofExpand
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Legacy of avian-dominated plant-herbivore systems in New Zealand
Avian herbivores dominated New Zealand's pre-settlement terrestrial ecosystems to an unparalleled extent, in the absence of a terrestrial mammal fauna. Approximately 50% (88 taxa) of terrestrial birdExpand
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Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the Pacific
Significance Ancient DNA sequences from chickens provide an opportunity to study their human-mediated dispersal across the Pacific due to the significant genetic diversity and range of archaeologicalExpand
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Novel interactions between non‐native mammals and fungi facilitate establishment of invasive pines
Summary The role of novel ecological interactions between mammals, fungi and plants in invaded ecosystems remains unresolved, but may play a key role in the widespread successful invasion ofExpand
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Ancient mitochondrial genome reveals unsuspected taxonomic affinity of the extinct Chatham duck (Pachyanas chathamica) and resolves divergence times for New Zealand and sub-Antarctic brown teals.
The Chatham duck (Pachyanas chathamica) represented one of just three modern bird genera endemic to the Chatham archipelago (situated ~850 km east of New Zealand) but became extinct soon after humansExpand
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A High-Resolution Chronology of Rapid Forest Transitions following Polynesian Arrival in New Zealand
Human-caused forest transitions are documented worldwide, especially during periods when land use by dense agriculturally-based populations intensified. However, the rate at which prehistoric humanExpand
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Island extinctions: processes, patterns, and potential for ecosystem restoration
SUMMARY Extinctions have altered island ecosystems throughout the late Quaternary. Here, we review the main historic drivers of extinctions on islands, patterns in extinction chronologies betweenExpand
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A protocol for subsampling Late Quaternary coprolites for multi-proxy analysis
Abstract The study of Late Quaternary coprolites can provide unique insights into various aspects of the biology and ecology of extinct species and prehistoric humans. Coprolite studies are becomingExpand
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Ancient mitochondrial genomes clarify the evolutionary history of New Zealand's enigmatic acanthisittid wrens.
The New Zealand acanthisittid wrens are the sister-taxon to all other "perching birds" (Passeriformes) and - including recently extinct species - represent the most diverse endemic passerine familyExpand
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