Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics
Species and Systematics
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|Format:||Hardback, 576 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 02 January 2012|
Molecular studies reveal highly ordered geographic patterns in plant and animal distributions. The tropics illustrate these patterns of community immobilism leading to allopatric differentiation, as well as other patterns of mobilism, range expansion, and overlap of taxa. Integrating Earth history and biogeography, "Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics" is an alternative view of distributional history in which groups are older than suggested by fossils and fossil-calibrated molecular clocks. The author discusses possible causes for the endemism of high-level taxa in tropical America and Madagascar, and overlapping clades in South America, Africa, and Asia. The book concludes with a critique of adaptation by selection, founded on biogeography and recent work in genetics.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Evolution in Space Chapter 2. Evolution in Time Chapter 3. Evolution and Biogeography of Primates: A New Model Based on Molecular Phylogenetics, Vicariance and Plate Tectonics Chapter 4. Biogeography of New World Monkeys Chapter 5. Primates in Africa and Asia Chapter 6. Biogeography of the Central Pacific: Endemism, Vicariance and Plate Tectonics Chapter 7. Biogeography of the Hawaiian Islands: The Global Context Chapter 8. Distribution Within the Hawaiian Islands Chapter 9. Biogeography of Pantropical and Global Groups Chapter 10. Evolution in Space, Time, and Form: Beyond Centers of Origin, Dispersal, and Adaptation Glossary Bibliography
About the Author
Michael Heads is a former Senior Lecturer in Ecology at the University of the South Pacific. He is now an independent scholar living in New Zealand.
"[A] marvel... [Heads's] writing guides the reader to crisp understanding... It should be widely read."--Systematic Biology "This book is a very interesting contribution to evolutionary biogeography."--Qtly Review of Biology "[An] important book and subject."--Frontiers of Biogeography "[A] marvel... [Heads's] writing guides the reader to crisp understanding... It should be widely read."--Systematic Biology
|Publisher: ||University of California Press|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 3.0 centimeters (1.17 kg)|