Ancient DNA evidence for the loss of a highly divergent brown bear clade during historical times

  title={Ancient DNA evidence for the loss of a highly divergent brown bear clade during historical times},
  author={S{\'e}bastien Calvignac and S. Hughes and C. Tougard and J. Michaux and M. Thevenot and Michel Philippe and W. Hamdine and C. H{\"a}nni},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  • Sébastien Calvignac, S. Hughes, +5 authors C. Hänni
  • Published 2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular Ecology
  • The genetic diversity of present‐day brown bears (Ursus arctos) has been extensively studied over the years and appears to be geographically structured into five main clades. The question of the past diversity of the species has been recently addressed by ancient DNA studies that concluded to a relative genetic stability over the last 35 000 years. However, the post‐last glacial maximum genetic diversity of the species still remains poorly documented, notably in the Old World. Here, we analyse… CONTINUE READING
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