Molecular phylogeny of the extinct ground sloth Mylodon darwinii.

  title={Molecular phylogeny of the extinct ground sloth Mylodon darwinii.},
  author={Matthias H{\"o}ss and Amrei Dilling and A Currant and Svante P{\"a}{\"a}bo},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={93 1},
DNA was extracted from the remains of 35 ground sloths from various parts of North and South America. Two specimens of Mylodon darwinii, a species that went extinct at the end of the last glaciation, yielded amplifiable DNA. However, of the total DNA extracted, only approximately 1/1000 originated from the sloth, whereas a substantial part of the remainder was of bacterial and fungal origin. In spite of this, > 1100 bp of sloth mitochondrial rDNA sequences could be reconstructed from short… CONTINUE READING

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