The genetic basis of adaptive melanism in pocket mice.

  title={The genetic basis of adaptive melanism in pocket mice.},
  author={Michael W Nachman and Hopi E Hoekstra and Susan L D'Agostino},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={100 9},
Identifying the genes underlying adaptation is a major challenge in evolutionary biology. Here, we describe the molecular changes underlying adaptive coat color variation in a natural population of rock pocket mice, Chaetodipus intermedius. Rock pocket mice are generally light-colored and live on light-colored rocks. However, populations of dark (melanic) mice are found on dark lava, and this concealing coloration provides protection from avian and mammalian predators. We conducted association… CONTINUE READING
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