Phylogeography of lions (Panthera leo ssp.) reveals three distinct taxa and a late Pleistocene reduction in genetic diversity

  title={Phylogeography of lions (Panthera leo ssp.) reveals three distinct taxa and a late Pleistocene reduction in genetic diversity},
  author={Ross Barnett and B. Shapiro and I. Barnes and S. Ho and J. Burger and N. Yamaguchi and T. F. Higham and H. Wheeler and W. Rosendahl and A. Sher and M. Sotnikova and T. Kuznetsova and G. Baryshnikov and L. Mart{\'i}n and C. Harington and J. Burns and A. Cooper},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  • Ross Barnett, B. Shapiro, +14 authors A. Cooper
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Lions were the most widespread carnivores in the late Pleistocene, ranging from southern Africa to the southern USA, but little is known about the evolutionary relationships among these Pleistocene populations or the dynamics that led to their extinction. Using ancient DNA techniques, we obtained mitochondrial sequences from 52 individuals sampled across the present and former range of lions. Phylogenetic analysis revealed three distinct clusters: (i) modern lions, Panthera leo; (ii) extinct… CONTINUE READING
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