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Good news for lost tiger

Don’t call it a comeback, but the regal Caspian tiger–thought to have gone extinct nearly 40 years ago–lives on in a closely related subspecies, a new genetic analysis reveals. Conservationists say they can use these relatives to help reestablish the Caspian tiger in Central Asia, parts of which are no longer inhabited by people and have plenty of suitable prey. In ScienceNOW, read about the DNA studies that demonstrate the close affinity between this extinct subspecies and the Siberian, or Amur, tiger and that reveal how tigers spread from China to Central Asia. The scientific report was published today in PLoS ONE.