Chimpanzee genomic diversity reveals ancient admixture with bonobos

de Manuel, Marc; Kuhlwilm, Martin; Frandsen, Peter; Martins Conde e Sousa, Vitor; Desai, Tariq; Prado-Martinez, Javier; Hernandez-Rodriguez, Jessica; Duperret, Isabelle; Lao, Oscar; Hallast, Pille; Schmidt, Joshua M.; Herdia-Genestar, José María; Benazzo, Andrea; Barbujani, Guido; Peter, Benjamin M.; Kuderna, Lukas F. K.; Casals, Ferran; Angedakin, Samuel; Arandjelovic, Mimi; Boesch, Christophe; ... (2016). Chimpanzee genomic diversity reveals ancient admixture with bonobos. Science, 354(6311), pp. 477-481. American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/science.aag2602

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Our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, have a complex demographic history. We analyzed the high-coverage whole genomes of 75 wild-born chimpanzees and bonobos from 10 countries in Africa.We found that chimpanzee population
substructure makes genetic information a good predictor of geographic origin at country and regional scales. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that gene flow occurred from bonobos into the ancestors of central and eastern chimpanzees between 200,000 and 550,000 years ago, probably with subsequent spread into Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees. Together with another, possibly more recent contact (after 200,000 years ago), bonobos contributed less than 1% to the central chimpanzee genomes. Admixture thus appears to have been widespread during hominid evolution.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)

UniBE Contributor:

Martins Conde e Sousa, Vitor; Duperret, Isabelle and Excoffier, Laurent


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology




American Association for the Advancement of Science




Susanne Holenstein

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24 Jul 2018 08:39

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23 Oct 2019 15:01

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