Sunday, 15 April 2018

Diving deep into the blue whale genome reveals the animals’ extraordinary evolutionary history



Date:  April 5, 2018
Source:  Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum

For the first time, scientists have deciphered the complete genome of the blue whale and three other rorquals. These insights now allow tracking the evolutionary history of the worlds’ largest animal and its relatives in unprecedented detail. Surprisingly, the genomes show that rorquals have been hybridizing during their evolutionary history. In addition, rorquals seem to have separated into different species in the absence of geographical barriers. This phenomenon, called sympatric speciation, is very rare in animals.



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