Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity

@inproceedings{Murray2017NaturalSS,
  title={Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity},
  author={Gemma G. R. Murray and Andr{\'e} Elias Rodrigues Soares and Ben Jacob Novak and Nathan K. Schaefer and James A Cahill and Graham R. Foster and John R Demboski and Andrew Doll and Rute R. da Fonseca and Tara L Fulton and Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert and Peter D Heintzman and Brandon Letts and George McInstosh and Brendan P. O'Connell and Mark Peck and Marie-Lorraine Pipes and Edward S Rice and Kathryn M Santos and A Gregory Sohrweide and Samuel H. Vohr and Russ Brendan Corbett-Detig and Richard E. Green and Beth Shapiro},
  year={2017}
}
The extinct passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, and possibly the world. While theory predicts that large populations will be more genetically diverse and respond more efficiently to selection, passenger pigeon genetic diversity was surprisingly low. To investigate this we analysed 41 mitochondrial and 4 nuclear genomes from passenger pigeons, and 2 genomes from band-tailed pigeons, passenger pigeons' closest living relatives. We find that passenger pigeons' large… CONTINUE READING