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Tracking the Near Eastern origins and European dispersal of the western house mouse

Thomas Cucchi 1 Katerina Papayianni 1, 2 Sophie Cersoy 3 Laetitia Aznar-Cormano 4 Antoine Zazzo 1 Régis Debruyne 5 Rémi Berthon 1 Adrian Bălășescu 6 Alan Simmons 7 François Valla 8 Yannis Hamilakis 9 Fanis Mavridis 10 Marjan Mashkour 1 Jamshid Darvish 11 Roohollah Siahsarvi 12 Fereidoun Biglari 13 Cameron Petrie 14 Lloyd Weeks 15 Alireza Sardari 16 Sepideh Maziar 17 Christiane Denys 18 David Orton 19 Emma Jenkins 20 Melinda Zeder 21 Jeremy Searle 22 Greger Larson 23 François Bonhomme 24 Jean-Christophe Auffray 24 Jean-Denis Vigne 1
Abstract : the house mouse (Mus musculus) represents the extreme of globalization of invasive mammals. However, the timing and basis of its origin and early phases of dispersal remain poorly documented. to track its synanthropisation and subsequent invasive spread during the develoment of complex human societies, we analyzed 829 Mus specimens from 43 archaeological contexts in Southwestern Asia and Southeastern Europe, between 40,000 and 3,000 cal. BP, combining geometric morphometrics numerical taxonomy, ancient mitochondrial DnA and direct radiocarbon dating. We found that large late hunter-gatherer sedentary settlements in the Levant, c. 14,500 cal. BP, promoted the commensal behaviour of the house mouse, which probably led the commensal pathway to cat domestication. House mouse invasive spread was then fostered through the emergence of agriculture throughout the Near East 12,000 years ago. Stowaway transport of house mice to Cyprus can be inferred as early as
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Thomas Cucchi, Katerina Papayianni, Sophie Cersoy, Laetitia Aznar-Cormano, Antoine Zazzo, et al.. Tracking the Near Eastern origins and European dispersal of the western house mouse. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2020, 10, pp.8276. ⟨10.1038/s41598-020-64939-9⟩. ⟨hal-02863651⟩

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