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Comparative BiogeographyDiscovering and Classifying Biogeographical Patterns of a Dynamic Earth$
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Lynne Parenti

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520259454

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520259454.001.0001

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Biogeographic Methods and Applications

Biogeographic Methods and Applications

(p.119) Six Biogeographic Methods and Applications
Comparative Biogeography

Lynne R. Parenti

Malte C. Ebach

University of California Press

Biogeographic methods and applications are abundant, vary in their aims, and are classified in different ways. This chapter discusses biogeographic methods and applications used to describe and classify biotic areas and to discover general patterns or to explain a biotic distribution through a series of hypothetical mechanisms. Systematic biogeographic methods are either purely descriptive—observations or records of data—or they aim to discover biogeographic patterns. Evolutionary biogeographic methods apply techniques from ecology, paleontology, or molecular systematics to predict or postulate evolutionary and/or geographical mechanisms to explain distribution.

Keywords:   biogeographic methods, biotic areas, biotic distribution, systematic biogeographic methods, evolutionary biogeographic methods

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