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C. D. Phillips, J. I. Hoffman, J. C. George, R. S. Suydam, R. M. Huebinger, J. C. Patton and J. W. Bickham Molecular insights into the historic demography of bowhead whales: understanding the evolutionary basis of contemporary management practices Ecology and Evolution 3

Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.374

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This study reports on a demographic reconstruction of the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) using multiple genetic markers. The bowhead is a large and long-lived marine mammal species that has been hunted by Inuit communities for many centuries. A dynamic demographic history is reported in which connections between life-history characteristics and ecosystem variability over time are implicated as major demographic determinants, which provides deep historic context to current management strategies.

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