First DNA sequences from Asian cave bear fossils reveal deep divergences and complex phylogeographic patterns.

@article{Knapp2009FirstDS,
  title={First DNA sequences from Asian cave bear fossils reveal deep divergences and complex phylogeographic patterns.},
  author={Michael P. Knapp and Nadin Rohland and Jacobo Weinstock and Gennady F. Baryshnikov and A. R. Sher and Doris Nagel and Gernot Rabeder and Ron Pinhasi and Heiko A. Schmidt and Michael Hofreiter},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={18 6},
  pages={1225-38}
}
Until recently, cave bears were believed to have only inhabited Europe. However, recent morphological evidence suggests that cave bears' geographic range extended as far east as Transbaikalia, Eastern Siberia. These Asian cave bears were morphologically distinct from European cave bears. However, how they related to European lineages remains unclear, stressing the need to assess the phylogenetic and phylogeographic relationship between Asian cave bears and their European relatives. In this work… CONTINUE READING