Whole mitochondrial genomes illuminate ancient intercontinental dispersals of grey wolves (Canis lupus)

  title={Whole mitochondrial genomes illuminate ancient intercontinental dispersals of grey wolves (Canis lupus)},
  author={Stephan Koblm{\"u}ller and Carles Vil{\`a} and Bel{\'e}n Lorente-Galdos and Marc Dabad and Oscar Ram{\'i}rez and Tom{\`a}s Marqu{\`e}s-Bonet and Robert K. Wayne and Jennifer A. Leonard},
  journal={Journal of Biogeography},
Grey wolves (Canis lupus) are widespread across the Holarctic. Here, we test the previously proposed hypothesis that extant North American wolves originate from multiple waves of colonization from Asia. We also test the hypothesis that land connections have been important in the evolutionary history of other isolated wolf populations in Japan. 

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