DNA study reveals European bison's extinct parentage
BERLIN — Scientists say they have unlocked the evolutionary origins of the European bison — and solved a riddle posed by Stone Age cave art in the process.
European bison, also known as wisent, first appeared seemingly out of nowhere almost 12,000 years ago and are distinct from their American counterpart. Previous genetic analysis indicated that both species descend from the steppe bison, which roamed throughout Eurasia and North America until becoming extinct about 9,000 years ago.
By analyzing DNA samples taken from ancient bison remains researchers discovered a previously unknown... read more
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