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|Title:||Rise and fall of the Beringian steppe bison|
|Citation:||Science, 2004; 306(5701):1561-1565|
|Publisher:||Amer Assoc Advancement Science|
|Beth Shapiro, Alexei J. Drummond, Andrew Rambaut, Michael C. Wilson, Paul E. Matheus, Andrei V. Sher, Oliver G. Pybus, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Ian Barnes, Jonas Binladen, Eske Willerslev, Anders J. Hansen, Gennady F. Baryshnikov, James A. Burns, Sergei Davydov, Jonathan C. Driver, Duane G. Froese, C. Richard Harington, Grant Keddie, Pavel Kosintsev, Michael L. Kunz, Larry D. Martin, Robert O. Stephenson, John Storer, Richard Tedford, Sergei Zimov, and Alan Cooper|
|Abstract:||The widespread extinctions of large mammals at the end of the Pleistocene epoch have often been attributed to the depredations of humans; here we present genetic evidence that questions this assumption. We used ancient DNA and Bayesian techniques to reconstruct a detailed genetic history of bison throughout the late Pleistocene and Holocene epochs. Our analyses depict a large diverse population living throughout Beringia until around 37,000 years before the present, when the population's genetic diversity began to decline dramatically. The timing of this decline correlates with environmental changes associated with the onset of the last glacial cycle, whereas archaeological evidence does not support the presence of large populations of humans in Eastern Beringia until more than 15,000 years later.|
|Keywords:||Animals; Bison; Humans; DNA, Mitochondrial; Bayes Theorem; Sequence Analysis, DNA; Genetics, Population; Environment; Climate; Population Dynamics; Phylogeny; Time; Fossils; Human Activities; North America; Canada; Alaska; China; Genetic Variation|
|Description:||Copyright © 2004 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science|
|Appears in Collections:||Earth and Environmental Sciences publications|
Australian Centre for Ancient DNA publications
Environment Institute Leaders publications
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