Siberian moose found to share DNA with exctinct animal
|Genetic gems hidden within modern-day gangs of elk match those found on |
ancient remains of the animal [Credit: Sergey Karpukhin]
Western Siberia remains a white spot, where molecular studies of animals almost never take place, -- said Olga Nemoykina, an employee of the Laboratory of Biodiversity Monitoring of Institute of Biology TSU. -- This discovery confirms the existence of a refugium -- places with favorable conditions in the south of the region, where groups of forest species might be saved during global cooling.
|Ancient petroglyph of a moose at the Tomskaya Pisanitsa site on the |
bank of Tom river, Kemerovo region [Credit: Perevalnext.ru]
The scientist emphasizes that moose of Western Siberia are characterized by a high (for moose) level of genetic diversity.
It allows us to assume that we also have the chance to find an unusually high genetic diversity of other forest species of our region, -- says Olga Nemoykina. -- Due to the fact that the high genetic diversity of populations increases the likelihood of their survival when environmental conditions change, wildlife is Western Siberia can be a repository of such diversity for those species that are well represented here. The zoologists' next step will be identifying patterns between the genotype and the appearance of new species of moose.
Source: National Research Tomsk State University [March 01, 2016]