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|Title:||Of mice and 'convicts': Origin of the Australian house mouse, Mus musculus|
da Luz Mathias, M.
|Citation:||PLoS One, 2011; 6(12):1-6|
|Publisher:||Public Library of Science|
|Sofia I. Gabriel, Mark I. Stevens, Maria da Luz Mathias and Jeremy B. Searle|
|Abstract:||The house mouse, Mus musculus, is one of the most ubiquitous invasive species worldwide and in Australia is particularly common and widespread, but where it originally came from is still unknown. Here we investigated this origin through a phylogeographic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences (D-loop) comparing mouse populations from Australia with those from the likely regional source area in Western Europe. Our results agree with human historical associations, showing a strong link between Australia and the British Isles. This outcome is of intrinsic and applied interest and helps to validate the colonization history of mice as a proxy for human settlement history.|
|Keywords:||Animals; Humans; Mice; Phylogeny; Geography; Molecular Sequence Data; Australia; Tasmania; Genetic Variation|
|Rights:||© 2011 Gabriel et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
|Appears in Collections:||Earth and Environmental Sciences publications|
Environment Institute publications
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