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DNA reveals Polynesian dog’s travels

John Kerr posted in on October 8th, 2015.

The genetic heritage of New Zealand’s first dog, the now extinct kuri, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis. University of Otago PhD student Karen Greig has sequenced the complete, or near complete, mitochondrial genomes of 14 kuri represented by bones recovered from Wairau Bar, one on New Zealand’s […]

Pacific bird extinctions decimated global biodiversity

John Kerr posted in on March 27th, 2013.

Overhunting and deforestation by Pre-European settlers in the Pacific led to extensive loss of bird life, according to new estimates of extinction rates in the region. In a new study, scientists used fossil records from 41 Pacific islands to model the number of birds lost over the last 4,000 years. Their findings show the extinction […]

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