Great tits are common, widely distributed, cavity nesting passerines. The range of this super-species spans Europe across Asia to the Pacific, including populations in the Middle East, and North West Africa. From this distribution area four species groups have been identified: major (whole Europe, Siberia and north-west Africa), cinereus (from Iran to India and south-east Asia), minor (China, Japan and eastern Russia) and bokharensis (central Asia). Most studies have concentrated on the north-west European Parus major subspecies and our sequenced bird belongs to this subspecies.

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Accession Codes: The raw sequences of reference great tit have been deposited to
the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA; under the
accession number SRS1185780.

The final assembly (Pmajor1.04) has been deposited in
DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession JRXK00000000. The version described in
this paper is version JRXK01000000.1

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Evolutionary signals of selection on cognition from the great tit genome and methylome. Veronika N. Laine, Toni I. Gossmann, Kyle M. Schachtschneider, Colin J. Garroway, Ole Madsen, Koen J.F. Verhoeven, Victor de Jager, Hendrik-Jan Megens, Wesley C. Warren, Patrick Minx, Richard P.M.A. Crooijmans, Pa┬┤draic Corcoran, The Great Tit Hapmap Consortium, Ben C. Sheldon, Jon Slate, Kai Zeng, Kees van Oers, Marcel E. Visser & Martien A.M. Groenen. Nature Communications, 25 january 2016 online.

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