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Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics
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Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics

Michael Heads


Molecular studies have revealed highly ordered geographic patterns in plant and animal groups, and this book discusses examples from the tropics. During evolution, phases of community immobilism that lead to allopatric differentiation alternate with phases of mobilism that lead to range expansion and overlap of taxa. Both phases are caused by geological and climatic factors rather than group-specific factors such as ecology or means of dispersal. In primates, the endemism of high-level taxa in tropical America (New World monkeys) and Madagascar (lemurs) is attributed to Gondwana breakup, while ... More

Keywords: biogeography, biodiversity, geology, primates, evolution, ecology, vicariance, dispersal, tectonics, adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520271968
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Heads, author