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Mitochondrial Genome Sequences and Their Phylogeographic Interpretation

  1. Vincent Macaulay1,
  2. Martin Richards2

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020843

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How to Cite

Macaulay, V. and Richards, M. 2008. Mitochondrial Genome Sequences and Their Phylogeographic Interpretation. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

  2. 2

    University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008

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Abstract

The strong phylogenetic signal provided by complete mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid (mtDNA) sequences within species is being exploited to reconstruct the maternal genealogy and anchor it in space and time. This is the starting point for interpretations of the processes in population history that led to those patterns, as illustrated here for humans.

Keywords:

  • genealogy;
  • founder;
  • phylogeography;
  • phylogeny;
  • mtDNA