Decline of a biome: evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota
Byrne, Margaret; Steane, Dorothy; Joseph, Leo; Yeates, David K.; Jordan, Gregory J.; Crayn, Darren; Aplin, Ken; Cantrill, David J; Cook, Lynette Gai; Crisp, Michael; Keogh, J Scott; Melville, Jane; Moritz, Craig; Porch, Nicholas; Sniderman, J.M. Kale; Sunnucks, Paul; Weston, Peter H.
Aim The mesic biome, encompassing both rain forest and open sclerophyllous forests, is central to understanding the evolution of Australia's terrestrial biota and has long been considered the ancestral biome of the continent. Our aims are to review and refine key hypotheses derived from palaeoclimatic data and the fossil record that are critical to understanding the evolution of the Australian mesic biota. We examine predictions arising from these hypotheses using available molecular...[Show more]
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