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Bisoniana 117. Mitochondrial DNA-RFLP analysis reveals liw levels of genetic variation in European bison Bison bonasus

Originating from only 12 individuals, the extant population of the European bison Bison bonasus (Linnaeus, 1758) has been severely bottlenecked and consequently exhibits a high degree of inbreeding. Previous studies of allozyme variation are to some extent contradictory regarding levels of genetic variation. However, they brought about evidence for a genetic depletion at nuclear loci. In this stud…