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Phylogenetic biome conservatism on a global scale

Crisp, Michael; Arroyo, Mary T.K.; Cook, Lynette Gai; Gandolfo, Maria A.; Jordan, Gregory J.; McGlone, M; Weston, Peter H.; Westoby, Mark; Wilf, Peter; Linder, H. Peter

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How and why organisms are distributed as they are has long intrigued evolutionary biologists. The tendency for species to retain their ancestral ecology has been demonstrated in distributions on local and regional scales, but the extent of ecological conservatism over tens of millions of years and across continents has not been assessed. Here we show that biome stasis at speciation has outweighed biome shifts by a ratio of more than 25:1, by inferring ancestral biomes for an ecologically...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/57879
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature07764

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