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Evolutionary relationships of Red Jungle Fowl and chicken breeds

Moiseyeva, Irina G, Romanov, Michael N, Nikiforov, Andrey A, Sevastyanova, Antonina A, Semyenova, Serafima K (2003) Evolutionary relationships of Red Jungle Fowl and chicken breeds. Genetics, Selection, Evolution, 35 (4). pp. 403-423. ISSN 0999-193X. (doi:10.1186/1297-9686-35-5-403) (KAR id:46621)


Published results were reassessed and original data are provided regarding the origin and relatedness of four postulated chicken breed lineages, egg-type, game, meat-type and Bantam, to each other and to the basic ancestral species of jungle fowls, Gallus gallus. A system approach was employed concerning the planning of the experiments. One element of the system approach is the choice of the breeds to be compared with G. gallus. These breeds were supposed to represent major evolutionary branches of chickens. Four experiments on genetic relationships were conducted using different estimation criteria including morphological discrete characters, body measurements, biochemical markers, and the activity of serum esterase-1. The greatest similarity was found between G. gallus and the egg-type breeds of Mediterranean roots and/or true Bantams. This fact might testify that the indicated chicken groups occupied earlier stages in the evolution from the wild progenitor to the present biodiversity of chickens in the world.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1297-9686-35-5-403
Uncontrolled keywords: Red Jungle Fowl; chicken breeds; evolution; genetic relationship; biodiversity
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Depositing User: Mike Romanov
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2015 18:52 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 15:55 UTC
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