Phylogeographic and population genetic structure of bighorn sheep ( Ovis canadensis ) in North American deserts

@article{Buchalski2016PhylogeographicAP,
  title={Phylogeographic and population genetic structure of bighorn sheep ( Ovis canadensis ) in North American deserts},
  author={Michael R. Buchalski and Benjamin N. Sacks and Daphne Anne Gille and Maria Cecilia T. Penedo and Holly B. Ernest and Scott A. Morrison and Walter Miles Boyce},
  journal={Journal of Mammalogy},
  year={2016},
  volume={97},
  pages={823 - 838}
}
Fossil data are ambiguous regarding the evolutionary origin of contemporary desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis subspecies). To address this uncertainty, we conducted phylogeographic and population genetic analyses on bighorn sheep subspecies found in southwestern North America. We analyzed 515 base pairs of mtDNA control region sequence and 39 microsatellites in 804 individuals from 58 locations. Phylogenetic analyses revealed 2 highly divergent clades concordant with Sierra Nevada (O. c… 
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