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The colonisation history of British water vole (Arvicola amphibius [L., 1758]): origins and development of the Celtic Fringe
Brace, Selina [Natural History Museum London > Earth Sciences > > >]
Ruddy, Mark [Historic England > > > >]
Miller, Rebecca mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences historiques > Archéologie préhistorique >]
Schreve, Danielle [Royal Holloway University of London > Geography > > >]
Stewart, John [Bournemouth University > School of Applied Science > > >]
Barnes, Ian [Natural history Museum of London > Earth Sciences > > >]
Proceedings of the Royal Society. Biological Sciences
Royal Society
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United Kingdom
[en] ancient DNA ; molecular biology ; paleontology ; Arvicola ; water vole
[en] The terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene, a period from 15 000 to 18 000
Before Present (BP), was critical in establishing the current Holarctic fauna,
with temperate-climate species largely replacing cold-adapted ones at midlatitudes.
However, the timing and nature of this process remain unclear
for many taxa, a point that impacts on current and future management strategies.
Here, we use an ancient DNA dataset to test more directly postglacial
histories of the water vole (Arvicola amphibius, formerly A. terrestris), a
species that is both a conservation priority and a pest in different parts of
its range. We specifically examine colonization of Britain, where a complex
genetic structure can be observed today. Although we focus on population
history at the limits of the species’ range, the inclusion of additional European
samples allows insights into European postglacial colonization
events and provides a molecular perspective on water vole taxonomy.
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