Next Article in Journal
Assessing Genetic Diversity and Population Differentiation of Colored Calla Lily (Zantedeschia Hybrid) for an Efficient Breeding Program
Next Article in Special Issue
Novel Substrates as Sources of Ancient DNA: Prospects and Hurdles
Previous Article in Journal
Effects of Type 1 Diabetes Risk Alleles on Immune Cell Gene Expression
Previous Article in Special Issue
Endogenous Retroviral Insertions Indicate a Secondary Introduction of Domestic Sheep Lineages to the Caucasus and Central Asia between the Bronze and Iron Age
Article Menu
Issue 6 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Genes 2017, 8(6), 169; doi:10.3390/genes8060169

Identifying Bird Remains Using Ancient DNA Barcoding

1
Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Box 50007, SE-10405 Stockholm, Sweden
2
Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
3
School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, North Street, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9AL, UK
4
Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont St., Oxford OX1 2PG, UK
5
Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Krakow, Poland
6
Sussex School of Archaeology, Mays Farm, Selmeston, Polegate, Sussex BN26 6TS, UK
7
Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB, UK
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Michael Hofreiter
Received: 29 May 2017 / Revised: 11 June 2017 / Accepted: 15 June 2017 / Published: 21 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel and Neglected Areas of Ancient DNA Research)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [225 KB, uploaded 21 June 2017]

Abstract

Bird remains that are difficult to identify taxonomically using morphological methods, are common in the palaeontological record. Other types of challenging avian material include artefacts and food items from endangered taxa, as well as remains from aircraft strikes. We here present a DNA-based method that enables taxonomic identification of bird remains, even from material where the DNA is heavily degraded. The method is based on the amplification and sequencing of two short variable parts of the 16S region in the mitochondrial genome. To demonstrate the applicability of this approach, we evaluated the method on a set of Holocene and Late Pleistocene postcranial bird bones from several palaeontological and archaeological sites in Europe with good success. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aves; species identification; 16S; palaeogenetics; biodiversity; archaeology; palaeontology Aves; species identification; 16S; palaeogenetics; biodiversity; archaeology; palaeontology
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Supplementary material

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Dalén, L.; Lagerholm, V.K.; Nylander, J.A.A.; Barton, N.; Bochenski, Z.M.; Tomek, T.; Rudling, D.; Ericson, P.G.P.; Irestedt, M.; Stewart, J.R. Identifying Bird Remains Using Ancient DNA Barcoding. Genes 2017, 8, 169.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Genes EISSN 2073-4425 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top