Industrial Melanism in British Peppered Moths Has a Singular and Recent Mutational Origin

@article{vantHof2011IndustrialMI,
  title={Industrial Melanism in British Peppered Moths Has a Singular and Recent Mutational Origin},
  author={Arjen E. van't Hof and Nicola Edmonds and Martina Dal{\'i}kov{\'a} and Franti{\vs}ek Marec and Ilik J. Saccheri},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={332},
  pages={958 - 960}
}
The locus responsible for the dark form of the peppered moth is identified. The rapid spread of a novel black form (known as carbonaria) of the peppered moth Biston betularia in 19th-century Britain is a textbook example of how an altered environment may produce morphological adaptation through genetic change. However, the underlying genetic basis of the difference between the wild-type (light-colored) and carbonaria forms has remained unknown. We have genetically mapped the carbonaria morph to… Expand
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