Monday, 12 March 2018

Scientists use forensic technology to genetically document infanticide in brown bears

Modern open-source software helped the researchers identify the male that killed a female and her two cubs

Date:  February 27, 2018
Source:  Pensoft Publishers

Scientists used a technology designed for human forensics, to provide the first genetically documented observation of infanticide in brown bears, following the murder of a female and her cubs in Italy, where a small population has been genetically monitored for already 20 years. Despite being a common reproductive strategy in social mammals, infanticide could threaten the long-term conservation of fragile populations and even species.

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