Bayesian inference of population expansions in domestic bovines
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Finlay, E.K.; Gaillard, C.; Vahidi, S.M.F.; Mirhoseini, S.Z.; Jianlin, H.; Qi, X.B.; El-Barody, M.A.A.; Baird, J.F.; Healy, B.C.; Bradley, D.G. 2007. Bayesian inference of population expansions in domestic bovines. Biology Letters 3:449-452.
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The past population dynamics of four domestic and one wild species of bovine were estimated using Bayesian skyline plots, a coalescent Markov chain Monte Carlo method that does not require an assumed parametric model of demographic history. Four domestic species share a recent rapid population expansion not visible in the wild African buffalo (Syncerus caffer). The estimated timings of the expansions are consistent with the archaeological records of domestication.