Diversity lost: are all Holarctic large mammal species just relict populations?
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
BMC Biology 2010, 8:46 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-46Published: 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.
See research article http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/10/104