Why was mitochondrial DNA so useful in the study of the hybrid zone between Townsend's warbler and hermit warblers?

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mtDNA is maternally inherited, so the researchers were able to discover that most hybrids resulted from Townsend's males mating with hermit females.

mtDNA shows that reinforcement has been occurring within this hybrid zone.

mtDNA is easy to extract, so the researchers could obtain lots of genetic information about the hybrids.

mtDNA is inherited from both parents, like most of the nuclear genetic material. Any gene could have been used in this study.

 

asked Dec 28, 2012 in Biology by anonymous
    

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mtDNA is maternally inherited, so the researchers were able to discover that most hybrids resulted from Townsend's males mating with hermit females.

 

answered Dec 28, 2012 by Luffy ~Expert~ (977 points)

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