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Genetic Diversity Among Whooping Cranes

The whooping crane population was down to twenty-one individuals in 1944. Today there are more than 300. What can you speculate about their genetic diversity and what this means to their long-term survival?

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Since the whooping crane population was exceedingly small 60 years ago, the genetic pool was also very small 60 years ago. That means that in its current recovery to over 300 individuals, the original 21 individuals had to mate within ...