Extinction revisited

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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13th December, 2012
The diverse wildlife around Otago Peninsula – other resident species include yellow-eyed and blue penguins, shags, terns, herons and dolphins – can seem a wonderful example of an intact coastal ecosystem. But new genetic techniques are telling a different story. Recent research by Jon Waters, zoology professor at the University of Otago and a member of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, has revealed that several of these populations and species are new to the region – recent arrivals from the subantarctic islands or Australia. ...

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