A closer look at natural hybridisation of sea turtles
While scientists study ways to preserve endangered species, a natural process of hybridisation is taking place along the Brazilian coast. Hawksbills and Loggerheads, two sea turtles listed as endangered, are hybridising. Their genome differs considerably. In fact, the two species separated 30 million years ago. The EU-funded TurtleHyb project will study the reasons and consequences of hybridisation in sea turtles. It will investigate ancient hybridisation cases and their relationship with current populations. It will also analyse the genomes of hybrid parents and hatchlings. The data collected will help understand the hybridisation process in these sea turtles and advance our general understanding of species hybridisation.
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