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Cranial volume and palate length of cats, Felis spp., under domestication, hybridization and in wild populationsReduced brain size, compared with wild individuals, is argued to be a key characteristic of domesticated mammal species, and often cited as a key component of a putative ‘domestication syndrome’. However, brain size comparisons are often based on old, inaccessible literature and in some cases drew comparisons between domestic animals...
Lesch, Raffaela ; Kitchener, Andrew C ; Hantke, Georg ; Kotrschal, Kurt ; Fitch, W Tecumseh
The genetic legacy of the 19th-century decline of the British polecat: evidence for extensive introgression from feral ferretsIn the 19th century, the British polecat suffered a demographic contraction, as a consequence of direct persecution, reaching its lowest population in the years that preceded the First World War. The polecat is now recovering and expanding throughout Britain, but introgressive hybridization with feral ferrets has been reported, which could...
Costa, M ; Fernandes, C ; Birks, J D S ; Kitchener, Andrew C ; Santos-Ries, M …