Insights into hominid evolution from the gorilla genome sequence

It seems the time is there for coupling genetics, ecology and evolution, at least Nature is pulling out one interesting paper after the other in that area (see also the recent posts 1,2). One of the latest outcomes is an impressive study by a large group of authors around Aylwyn Scally and Richard Durbin, who use genetic and fossil evidence to examine the timing of human–chimpanzee and human–chimpanzee–gorilla speciation events, and infer certain other interesting properties of these lineages such as accelerated evolution in particular genes, divergence times, genetic exchange and population bottlenecks.


Figure: : Distribution and isolation-migration model for gorilla species in Africa. From Scally, et al. (2012) Nature, 483, 169-175.

3 thoughts on “Insights into hominid evolution from the gorilla genome sequence

  1. Pingback: The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes « theoretical ecology

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