Evolutionary lessons from the extinct giant American cats: phylogeography, palaeoecology, and extinction of sabertooths, cheetahs and lions

Dataset description

Ancient DNA will be used to reconstruct the evolutionary and paleoecological relationships of the top predators of the late Pleistocene: the giant felids (sabertooths, lion, cheetah, jaguar, puma). Advanced phylogenetic and dietary analyses will be used to examine morphological convergence, gigantism, paleoecology and dispersals between the Old/New Worlds, and North/South America. Lion populations stretching from Europe to the lower 48 States will be used to examine the distribution of phylogeographic barriers and related to the paleoenvironment. The age of these divisions will be examined with a lion-specific molecular evolutionary rate generated from AMS-dated specimens, and related to known paleoecological events and dietary data. Genetic diversity will be contrasted with the Last Glacial Maximum (18kyr), and human movement across the Holarctic (30-l2kyr).

Further information

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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276
Email :enquiries@bgs.ac.uk


Dataset details

Author(s) Shapiro, Dr B
Principal Investigator(s) Shapiro, Dr B
Dept of Biology
Pennsylvania State University
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Not available
Storage format Not available
Frequency of update not applicable
Start of capture {ts '2003-12-01 00:00:00'} After 1st December 2003
End of capture {ts '2018-10-18 08:26:29'} Not known
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
E-mail enquiries@bgs.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
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Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 20th May 2009
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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