One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The reduced genetic diversity which results when a population is descended from a small number of colonizing ancestors.
- ‘The differences between replicates possibly result from a founder effect.’
- ‘This large number of reported inherited diseases has two main causes: the close surveillance to which dogs are subjected, and the founder effect and inbreeding practiced in pure-bred dogs that uncovers recessive disease alleles.’
- ‘This is best explained by a male founder effect during the colonization of northeast India that is estimated to have occurred within the past 4,000 years.’
- ‘The two-dimensional pattern of colonization also played a major role, increasing the number of source populations for each newly founded population and thus strongly reducing the founder effect.’
- ‘Demographic history appears to have been stable for the auklets throughout the past several million years, and a founder effect associated with their speciation is unlikely.’
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