Faunal histories from Holocene ancient DNA

Mark de Bruyn, A. Rus Hoelzel, Gary R. Carvalho, Michael Hofreiter

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Recent studies using ancient DNA have been instrumental in advancing understanding of the impact of Holocene climate change on biodiversity. Ancient DNA has been used to track demography, migration and diversity, and is providing new insights into the long-term dynamics of species and population distributions. The Holocene is key to understanding how the past has impacted on the present, as it bridges the gap between contemporary phylogeographic studies and those with inference on Pleistocene patterns, based on ancient DNA studies. Here, we examine the major patterns of Holocene faunal population dynamics and connectivity; highlighting the dynamic nature of species and population responses to Holocene climatic change, thereby providing an 'analogue' for understanding potential impacts of future change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-413
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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