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08 May 2020

CIIMAR researcher helps to unravel the genetic history lions

The study, now published in the prestigious PNAS magazine, concludes that the cave lion (Panthera leo spelaea) - a species that existed during the ice age distributed from the Iberian Peninsula to Alaska - and modern lions shared the same ancestor, with the two strains separated about 500,000 years ago.

 

The work led by researchers from several European countries and the USA included the CIIMAR researcher Agostinho Antunes. He study also shows that the two strains probably did not hybridize after their divergence. In other words, since then they have never crossed paths with each other again, which is a determining aspect for the birth of new species.

 

To access the paper follow this link.