Mitochondrial Phylogeography Illuminates the Origin of the Extinct Caspian Tiger and Its Relationship to the Amur Tiger

  title={Mitochondrial Phylogeography Illuminates the Origin of the Extinct Caspian Tiger and Its Relationship to the Amur Tiger},
  author={Carlos A. Driscoll and Nobuyuki Yamaguchi and Gila Kahila Bar-Gal and Alfred L Roca and Shujin Luo and David W Macdonald and Stephen J. O'Brien},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  pages={xxiv, 382 - 124}
The Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata) flourished in Central Asian riverine forest systems in a range disjunct from that of other tigers, but was driven to extinction in 1970 prior to a modern molecular evaluation. For over a century naturalists puzzled over the taxonomic validity, placement, and biogeographic origin of this enigmatic animal. Using ancient-DNA (aDNA) methodology, we generated composite mtDNA haplotypes from twenty wild Caspian tigers from throughout their historic range… CONTINUE READING
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