Contribution to Zoology, 76 (2) – 2007

Using ancient DNA techniques to identify the origin of unprovenanced museum specimens, as illustrated by the identification of a 19th century lion from Amsterdam

Ross Barnett1, Nobuyuki Yamaguchi2, Beth Shapiro1, Vincent Nijman3

1.  Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PS UK;

2.  Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, Tubney House, Abingdon Road, Tubney, Abingdon, OX13 5QL UK;

3.  Zoological Museum, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94766, 1090 GT Amsterdam, The Netherlandsnijman@science.uva.nl

Keywords: India, mitochondrial DNA, Panthera leo, skull morphology, South Africa