Contributors To Extinction
- Inbreeding and inbreeding elevation which reduces the fitness of populations.
- The accumulation of deleterious mutations
- A decrease in frequency of heterozygotes in a population, or heterozygosity, which decreases a species’ ability to evolve to deal with change in the environment.
- Adapting to conditions in captivity
- Outbreeding depression
- Fragmented populations
- Taxonomic uncertainties, which can lead to a reprioritization of conservation efforts
- Genetic drift as the main evolutionary process, instead of natural selection
- Management units within species
- Use of molecular techniques, such as allozymes as molecular markers, to analyze species in depth
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