This is a male billy goat from a feral herd in Mulranny, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Credit: John Joyce.
This is a male billy goat from a feral herd in Mulranny, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Taxidermic collections offer clues about modern livestock

DNA from taxidermy specimens explains genetic structure of British and Irish goats.

Intensive selective breeding over the past 200 years and high extinction rates among feral populations has greatly reduced the genetic diversity present in domesticated goat breeds. The effect these pressures have had on Irish and British goat populations has been explored in a landmark DNA study that compared modern-day domesticated and feral goats with museum specimens from years past.

A collaborative team led by geneticists from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland compared the mitoch

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