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Not an ancient relic: the endemic Livistona palms of arid central Australia could have been introduced by humans

Kondo, Toshiaki; Crisp, Michael; Linde, Celeste; Bowman, David M.J.S.; Kawamura, Kensuke; Kaneko, Shingo; Isagi, Yuji

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Livistona mariae is an endemic palm localized in arid central Australia. This species is separated by about 1000 km from its congener L. rigida, which grows distantly in the Roper River and Nicholson-Gregory River catchments in northern Australia. Such an isolated distribution of L. mariae has been assumed to have resulted from contraction of ancestral populations as Australia aridified from the Mid-Miocene (ca 15 Ma). To test this hypothesis at the population level, we examined the genetic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64668
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0103

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