Doha researcher contributes to landmark lion study in UK
A RESEARCHER at Qatar University (QU) has contributed to a landmark study which recorded the first genetic evidence that
Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, assistant professor of Animal Ecology at QU’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was a member of a team of researchers from
The mission centred on two lion skulls found during excavations at the
The examination of the mitochondrial DNA of well preserved skulls and analysis of the jawbones of the two lions revealed that they shared unique genes with the North African Barbary lion.
The link was further strengthened by the comparison of the skulls with Asiatic and North African Barbary lion skulls that are preserved in natural history collections in the
Radiocarbon dating of the skulls showed them to be from the 13th to 15th centuries, making them the earliest confirmed lion remains in
According to Yamaguchi, historic records show that lions could be found from North Africa through the Middle East to
“Western North Africa was the nearest region to
The Barbary Lion, which lived in North Africa from
Commenting on the study, Yamaguchi observed that through such research he is seeking to improve the quality of his teaching which in turn will have great benefits for his students at QU in terms of raising their level of interest in the sciences and in research.
“Good research really helps teaching and more efforts need to be injected in supporting it,” he said.