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Identifying Bird Remains Using Ancient DNA Barcoding
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology. Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden; University of St Andrews, UK.
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2017 (English)In: Genes, ISSN 2073-4425, E-ISSN 2073-4425, Vol. 8, no 6, 169Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bird remains that are difficult to identify taxonomically using morphological methods, are common in the palaeontological record. Other types of challenging avian material include artefacts and food items from endangered taxa, as well as remains from aircraft strikes. We here present a DNA-based method that enables taxonomic identification of bird remains, even from material where the DNA is heavily degraded. The method is based on the amplification and sequencing of two short variable parts of the 16S region in the mitochondrial genome. To demonstrate the applicability of this approach, we evaluated the method on a set of Holocene and Late Pleistocene postcranial bird bones from several palaeontological and archaeological sites in Europe with good success.

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2017. Vol. 8, no 6, 169
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Aves, species identification, 16S, palaeogenetics, biodiversity, archaeology, palaeontology
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145230DOI: 10.3390/genes8060169ISI: 000404456500023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145230DiVA: diva2:1128760
Available from: 2017-07-28 Created: 2017-07-28 Last updated: 2017-07-28Bibliographically approved

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