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Type: Journal article
Title: Early cave art and ancient DNA record the origin of European bison
Author: Soubrier, J.
Gower, G.
Chen, K.
Richards, S.
Llamas, B.
Mitchell, K.
Ho, S.
Kosintsev, P.
Lee, M.
Baryshnikov, G.
Bollongino, R.
Bover Arbos, P.
Burger, J.
Chivall, D.
Crégut-Bonnoure, E.
Decker, J.
Doronichev, V.
Douka, K.
Fordham, D.
Fontana, F.
et al.
Citation: Nature Communications, 2016; 7:13158-1-13158-7
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 2041-1723
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Julien Soubrier, Graham Gower, Kefei Chen, Stephen M. Richards, Bastien Llamas, Kieren J. Mitchell ... Michael S.Y. Lee ... Pere Bover ... Damien A. Fordham ... Wolfgang Haak ... Adam Rohrlach ... Ayla van Loenen ... Oliver Wooley ... Alan Cooper et al.
Abstract: The two living species of bison (European and American) are among the few terrestrial megafauna to have survived the late Pleistocene extinctions. Despite the extensive bovid fossil record in Eurasia, the evolutionary history of the European bison (or wisent, Bison bonasus) before the Holocene (<11.7 thousand years ago (kya)) remains a mystery. We use complete ancient mitochondrial genomes and genome-wide nuclear DNA surveys to reveal that the wisent is the product of hybridization between the extinct steppe bison (Bison priscus) and ancestors of modern cattle (aurochs, Bos primigenius) before 120 kya, and contains up to 10% aurochs genomic ancestry. Although undetected within the fossil record, ancestors of the wisent have alternated ecological dominance with steppe bison in association with major environmental shifts since at least 55 kya. Early cave artists recorded distinct morphological forms consistent with these replacement events, around the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, ∼21-18 kya).
Keywords: Cell Nucleus; Animals; Bison; Cattle; DNA, Mitochondrial; Sequence Analysis, DNA; Evolution, Molecular; Phylogeny; Fossils; Paintings; Europe; Genome, Mitochondrial; Caves; DNA, Ancient
Rights: © The Author(s) 2016. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit
RMID: 0030057021
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13158
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