Molecular Identification of Unknown Yellowstone Shrews
One of the challenges of conducting ecological and biodiversity studies on living organisms is the presence of many cryptic species, species that are difficult to identify based on external characters, or species that are difficult to see or trap. Identifying these challenging species is easier with current technology. Molecular techniques can allow us to identify and distinguish unknown specimens or animal parts based upon genes alone. One of these groups of cryptic species, shrews, has a big impact on our ecosystem because they feed on large quantities of invertebrates and play an important ...
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