Conservation Genetics

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 109–111 | Cite as

Identifying species from pieces of faeces

  • Love Dalén
  • Anders Götherström
  • Anders Angerbjörn
Alopex lagopus DNA Gulo gulo PCR primers Vulpes vulpes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Love Dalén
    • 1
  • Anders Götherström
    • 2
  • Anders Angerbjörn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Archaeological Research LaboratoryStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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