Mitochondrial DNA reveals multiple introductions of domestic chicken in East Africa.

  title={Mitochondrial DNA reveals multiple introductions of domestic chicken in East Africa.},
  author={Joram M. Mwacharo and Gro Bj\ornstad and Victor Mobegi and Koh Nomura and Hirofumi Hanada and Takashi Amano and Han Jianlin and Olivier Hanotte},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  volume={58 2},
Chicken were possibly domesticated in South and Southeast Asia. They occur ubiquitously in East Africa where they show extensive phenotypic diversity. They appeared in the region relatively late, with the first undisputed evidence of domestic chicken in Sudan, around ~ 700 BC. We reveal through a detailed analysis of mitochondrial DNA D-loop sequence diversity of 512 domestic village chickens, from four East African countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda), the presence of at least five… CONTINUE READING
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