Stojak, J, McDevitt, A D, Herman, Jeremy S, Searle, Jeremy B and Wojcik, J M (2015) Post-glacial colonization of eastern Europe by small mammals that survived in the Carpathian refugium: evidence from mitochondrial DNA of the common vole. Biological Journal of The Linnean Society. ISSN 1095-8312

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There is now considerable evidence for the survival of temperate species within glacial refugia that were situated at relatively high latitudes, notably the Carpathian Basin and Dordogne region in Europe. However, the prevalence of fossil remains in such locations is rarely matched by molecular evidence for their contribution to subsequent geographical and demographic expansion of the species in question. One obstacle to this has been insufficient analysis of modern samples from the relevant areas, in particular the parts of eastern Europe that surround the Carpathian refugium. In the present study, we examine the patterns of variation in mitochondrial DNA of the common vole (Microtus arvalis), obtained from existing museum specimens and from newly-collected samples obtained in this area. We show that common voles from one of six extant mitochondrial DNA lineages have colonized most of the species' range in eastern Europe. We contend that the post-glacial dispersal of this lineage most likely originated from the Carpathian refugium, adding support to the argument that such northern refugia made an important contribution to existing genetic diversity in Europe. © 2015 The Linnean Society of London, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2015,

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: cytochrome b; glacial refugia; Last Glacial Maximum; museum specimens; phylogeography; small mammals
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 11:33
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 16:06

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