Correlating Bayesian date estimates with climatic events and domestication using a bovine case study

Simon Y.W. Ho, Greger Larson, Ceiridwen J. Edwards, Tim H. Heupink, Kay E. Lakin, Peter W.H. Holland, Beth Shapiro

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Abstract

The tribe Bovini contains a number of commercially and culturally important species, such as cattle. Understanding their evolutionary time scale is important for distinguishing between post-glacial and domestication-associated population expansions, but estimates of bovine divergence times have been hindered by a lack of reliable calibration points. We present a Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of 481 mitochondrial D-loop sequences, including 228 radiocarbon-dated ancient DNA sequences, using a multi-demographic coalescent model. By employing the radiocarbon dates as internal calibrations, we co-estimate the bovine phylogeny and divergence times in a relaxed-clock framework. The analysis yields evidence for significant population expansions in both taurine and zebu cattle, European aurochs and yak clades. The divergence age estimates support domestication-associated expansion times (less than 12kyr) for the major haplogroups of cattle. We compare the molecular and palaeontological estimates for the Bison-Bos divergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalBiology Letters
Volume4
Issue number4
Early online date17 Apr 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Ho, S. Y. W., Larson, G., Edwards, C. J., Heupink, T. H., Lakin, K. E., Holland, P. W. H., & Shapiro, B. (2008). Correlating Bayesian date estimates with climatic events and domestication using a bovine case study. Biology Letters, 4(4), 370-374. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2008.0073
Ho, Simon Y.W. ; Larson, Greger ; Edwards, Ceiridwen J. ; Heupink, Tim H. ; Lakin, Kay E. ; Holland, Peter W.H. ; Shapiro, Beth. / Correlating Bayesian date estimates with climatic events and domestication using a bovine case study. In: Biology Letters. 2008 ; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 370-374.
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