How the house sparrow came to be
How is it that the small, charismatic house sparrow has become so closely associated with us? CEES researchers have been trying to answer this question by sequencing the DNA of populations of sparrows from across Europe and the Middle East. New publication published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B.
The Sparrow Group conducting fieldwork at the Chokpak ringing station, Kazakhstan. Here they are catching a flock of migrating Passer domesticus bactrianus. © Tore O. Elgvin.
Ravinet, M, Elgvin, T.O, Trier, C, Aliabadian, M, Gavrilov, A & Sætre, G.P (2018) ‘Signatures of human commensalism in the house sparrow genome’, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 20181246.