A new west African chimpanzee subspecies?

  • Gonder M
  • Oates J
  • Disotell T
 et al. 
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Abstract

We have sequenced a portion of the mitochondrial DNA control region from the hairs of Nigerian chimpanzees living on both sides of the Niger River, which is proposed as a biogeographic boundary. Our data suggest that a previously unrecognized type of chimpanzee may be present in Nigeria and adjacent parts of Cameroon, and that the zoogeographic barriers separating chimpanzees are different from those previously proposed.

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Authors

  • M. Katherine Gonder

  • John F. Oates

  • Todd R. Disotell

  • Michael R. J. Forstner

  • Juan Carlos Morales

  • Don J. Melnick

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