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Adaptive introgression underlies polymorphic seasonal camouflage in snowshoe hares.

Abstract

clustered by winter coat color across multiple hare and jackrabbit species, revealing a history of recurrent interspecific gene flow. Brown winter coats in snowshoe hares likely originated from an introgressed black-tailed jackrabbit allele that has swept to high frequency in mild winter environments. These discoveries show that introgression of genetic variants that underlie key ecological traits can seed past and ongoing adaptation to rapidly changing environments.

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Citation:

Jones MR, Mills LS, Alves PC, Callahan CM, Alves JM, Lafferty DJR, Jiggins FM, Jensen JD, Melo-Ferreira J, Good JM. (2018). Adaptive introgression underlies polymorphic seasonal camouflage in snowshoe hares. Science (New York, N.Y.), 360(6395)