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Diversity lost: are all Holarctic large mammal species just relict populations?

Michael Hofreiter1* and Ian Barnes2

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1 Department of Biology, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, UK

2 School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK

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BMC Biology 2010, 8:46  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-46

Published: 21 April 2010


Population genetic analyses of Eurasian wolves published recently in BMC Evolutionary Biology suggest that a major genetic turnover took place in Eurasian wolves after the Pleistocene. These results add to the growing evidence that large mammal species surviving the late Pleistocene extinctions nevertheless lost a large share of their genetic diversity.

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