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Re: DNA from old bird eggs



On Mon, Mar 15th, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:

> If I am not mistaken, Moas are known from some remains with flesh, 
> feathers, and gut contents (presumably with the gut preserved).  Have
>  any of these remains been tested for DNA?

Absolutely.


Mitochondrial DNA (2001):
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dna-wont-let-moa-fly-again-690771.html

Nuclear DNA (2003):
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v425/n6954/abs/nature01838.html

DNA from feathers (2009 - used to reconstruct plumage colours):
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/01/2613246.htm

DNA from bones (2010 - suggests females outnumbered males 5 to 1):
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20100902-20589.html


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Dann Pigdon
GIS Specialist                         Australian Dinosaurs
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