Thread subject: :: Musca domestica and Drosophila melanogaster origin in nature

Posted by djo on 13-04-2013 13:50

Hi! There's a big literature on the origin of D. melanogaster.

From memory: Probably a large population-expansion around ~50 thousand years ago, followed by expansion into Europe ~10 thousand years ago (and a small population-bottle-neck at that time). Reached southwestern USA maybe as little as 50-100 years ago.

A good review is set out here: Stephan & Li Heredity (2007) 98, 65–68. doi:10.1038/sj.hdy.6800901;
"The recent demographic and adaptive history of Drosophila melanogaster"

But I'm afraid it may be behind a pay-wall.