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Diversification in the face of desertification : the evolution of Australian arid zone geckos

Pepper, Mitzy Rohani


My thesis concerns gecko lizards and what their genes can tell us about the historical biogeography of the Australian arid zone. In contrast to the great antiquity of the continent, this immense xeric biome is surprisingly young. Evidence of arid conditions in palaeorecords appears around 15 million years ago (mya), with the inland sand deserts thought to have formed in the last million years. Such a drastic change over the majority of the continent would undoubtedly have had a profound...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d611ab53055c
Access Rights: Open Access


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