Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorHuynen, L
dc.contributor.authorMillar, CD
dc.contributor.authorScofield, RP
dc.contributor.authorLambert, DM
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:39:03Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:39:03Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.date.modified2010-01-15T06:14:56Z
dc.identifier.issn0028-0836
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/nature01838
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/28304
dc.description.abstractAncient DNA studies have typically used multi-copy mitochondrial DNA sequences(1,2). This is largely because single-locus nuclear genes have been difficult to recover from sub-fossil material(3), restricting the scope of ancient DNA research. Here, we have isolated single-locus nuclear DNA markers to assign the sex of 115 extinct moa and, in combination with a mitochondrial DNA phylogeny, tested competing hypotheses about the specific status of moa taxa. Moa were large ratite birds that showed extreme size variation both within and among species(4). For some taxa, this large variation was hypothesized to represent sexual dimorphism, while for others it was argued to reflect the existence of different species(5). Our results show that moa were characterized by extreme reverse sexual dimorphism and as a result we have been able to clarify the number of moa species. For example, we show that the three recognized 'species' of Dinornis comprised only two monophyletic groups and that two of these 'species' comprised individuals of one sex only. This study also illustrates that single-locus nuclear DNA sequences can be consistently recovered from ancient material.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.publisher.placeEngland
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom175
dc.relation.ispartofpageto178
dc.relation.ispartofissue6954
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNature
dc.relation.ispartofvolume425
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMolecular evolution
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode310510
dc.titleNuclear DNA sequences detect species limits in ancient moa
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2003
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorLambert, David M.


Files in this item

FilesSizeFormatView

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Journal articles
    Contains articles published by Griffith authors in scholarly journals.

Show simple item record