Phylogeography and Origin of Indian Domestic Goats

Manjunath B. Joshi, Pramod K. Rout, Ajoy K. Mandal, Chris Tyler-Smith, Lalji Singh, Kumarasamy Thangaraj

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The Indian subcontinent contains 20 well-characterized goat breeds, which vary in their genetic potential for the production of milk, meat, and fibre; disease resistance; heat tolerance; and fecundity. Indian goats make up 20% of the world's goat population, but there has been no extensive study of these economically important animals. Therefore, we have undertaken the present investigation of 363 goats belonging to 10 different breeds from different geographic regions of India using mtDNA sequence data from the HVRI region. We find evidence for population structure and novel lineages in Indian goats and cannot reconcile the genetic diversity found within the major lineage with domestication starting 10,000 years ago from a single mtDNA ancestor. Thus, we propose a more complex origin for domestic goats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-462
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Biology and Evolution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 03-2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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