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Beringia Centre Science Talks – Dr. Anders Bergstrom

Jul 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MST

Beringia Centre Science Talks - Dr. Anders Bergstrom

Beringia Centre Science Talks – Dr. Anders Bergstrom

The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre hosts online science talks. Anyone can join in and listen. So come, learn, and explore! All talks are hosted on our Facebook page.
This special edition of #BCST with Dr. Anders Bergstrom. 
The grey wolf is one of the most widespread carnivores, and was also the first animal to undergo domestication. To understand the Ice Age history and domestication of grey wolves, we analyzed 72 ancient wolf genomes spanning the last 100,000 years from Europe, Siberia, and north-western North America. We found that the global wolf population was highly genetically connected throughout the Ice Age, and we identify instances of natural selection driving new beneficial mutations to fixation in the whole species – factors that might help explain the survival of wolves through a period when many other large mammals went extinct. We found that dogs overall are more similar to ancient wolves in Asia than to ancient wolves in Europe, suggesting a domestication process somewhere in the east – however, we also found that a second, western-related wolf population also contributed ancestry to some dogs, which means dogs today have dual ancestry.
Please note, Yukon is now on permanent time. We are permanently seven hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-7). 


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