Alu Insertion Polymorphisms as Evidence for Population Structure in Baboons.

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Male dispersal from the natal group at or near maturity is a feature of most baboon (Papio) species. It potentially has profound effects upon population structure and evolutionary processes, but dispersal, especially for unusually long distances, is not readily documented by direct field observation. In this pilot study, we investigate the possibility of retrieving baboon population structure in yellow (Papio cynocephalus) and kinda (Papio kindae) baboons from the distribution of variation in a genome-wide set of 494 Alu insertion polymorphisms, made available via the recently completed Baboon Genome Analysis Consortium. Alu insertion variation in a mixed population derived from yellow and olive (Papio anubis) baboons identified each individual's proportion of heritage from either parental species. In an unmixed yellow baboon population, our analysis showed greater similarity between neighboring than between more distantly situated groups, suggesting structuring of the population by male dispersal distance. Finally (and very provisionally), an unexpectedly sharp difference in Alu insertion frequencies between members of neighboring social groups of kinda baboons suggests that intergroup migration may be more rare than predicted in this little known species.

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Cited Authors

  • Steely, CJ; Walker, JA; Jordan, VE; Beckstrom, TO; McDaniel, CL; St Romain, CP; Bennett, EC; Robichaux, A; Clement, BN; Raveendran, M; Baboon Genome Analysis Consortium, ; Worley, KC; Phillips-Conroy, J; Jolly, CJ; Rogers, J; Konkel, MK; Batzer, MA

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 2418 - 2427

PubMed ID

  • 28957465

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5622324

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1759-6653

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1759-6653

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/gbe/evx184


  • eng