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Not so ancient: the extant crown group of Nothofagus represents a post-Gondwanan radiation

Cook, Lynette; Crisp, Michael

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This study uses a molecular-dating approach to test hypotheses about die biogeography of Nothofagus. The molecular modelling suggests that the present-day subgenera and species date from a radiation that most likely commenced between 55 and 40 Myr ago. This rules out the possibility of a reconciled all-vicariance hypothesis for the biogeography of extant Nothofagus. However, the molecular dates for divergences between Australasian and South American taxa are consistent with the rifting of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/79873
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3219

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