Forgotten Mediterranean calving grounds of grey and North Atlantic right whales: evidence from Roman archaeological records

  title={Forgotten Mediterranean calving grounds of grey and North Atlantic right whales: evidence from Roman archaeological records},
  author={Ana S. L. Rodrigues and Anne Charpentier and Dar{\'i}o Bernal-Casasola and Armelle Gardeisen and Carlos Nores and Jos{\'e} Antonio Pis Mill{\'a}n and Krista McGrath and Camilla F. Speller},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
Right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) were extirpated from the eastern North Atlantic by commercial whaling. Grey whales (Eschrichtius robustus) disappeared from the entire North Atlantic in still-mysterious circumstances. Here, we test the hypotheses that both species previously occurred in the Mediterranean Sea, an area not currently considered part of their historical range. We used ancient DNA barcoding and collagen fingerprinting methods to taxonomically identify a rare set of 10 presumed… 

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