Ancient DNA reveals that bowhead whale lineages survived Late Pleistocene climate change and habitat shifts.

@article{Foote2013AncientDR,
  title={Ancient DNA reveals that bowhead whale lineages survived Late Pleistocene climate change and habitat shifts.},
  author={Andrew D. Foote and Kristin Kaschner and Sebastian E Schultze and Cristina Garilao and Simon Y. W. Ho and Klaas Post and Thomas Higham and Catherine Stokowska and Henry van der Es and Clare B. Embling and Kristian Kiib Gregersen and Friederike Johansson and Eske Willerslev and M. Thomas P. Gilbert},
  journal={Nature communications},
  year={2013},
  volume={4},
  pages={1677}
}
The climatic changes of the glacial cycles are thought to have been a major driver of population declines and species extinctions. However, studies to date have focused on terrestrial fauna and there is little understanding of how marine species responded to past climate change. Here we show that a true Arctic species, the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), shifted its range and tracked its core suitable habitat northwards during the rapid climate change of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition… CONTINUE READING
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