The palaeogenetics of cat dispersal in the ancient world

  title={The palaeogenetics of cat dispersal in the ancient world},
  author={Claudio Ottoni and Wim van Neer and Bea De Cupere and Julien Daligault and Silvia M.P.B. Guimar{\~a}es and Joris Peters and Nikolai Spassov and Mary E. Prendergast and Nicole Boivin and Arturo Morales-Mu{\~n}iz and Adrian Bălășescu and Cornelia Becker and Norbert Benecke and Adina Boroneanţ and H. ext. Buitenhuis and Jwana Chahoud and Alison Crowther and Laura de Castro Llorente and Nina Manaseryan and Herv{\'e} Monchot and Vedat Onar and Marta Osypińska and Olivier Putelat and Er{\'e}ndira M. Quintana Morales and Jacqueline Studer and Ursula Wierer and Ronny Decorte and Thierry Grange and Eva-Maria Geigl},
  journal={Nature Ecology and Evolution},
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