publication . Article . 2016

Quantifying the effects of the break up of Pangaea on global terrestrial diversification with neutral theory

Jordan, Sean M. R.; Barraclough, Timothy G.; Rosindell, James;
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  • Published: 15 Jan 2016 Journal: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, volume 371, issue 1,691 (issn: 0962-8436, eissn: 1471-2970, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Royal Society, The
Abstract
The historic richness of most taxonomic groups increases substantially over geological time. Explanations for this fall broadly into two categories: bias in the fossil record and elevated net rates of diversification in recent periods. For example, the break up of Pangaea and isolation between continents might have increased net diversification rates. In this study, we investigate the effect on terrestrial diversification rates of the increased isolation between land masses brought about by continental drift. We use ecological neutral theory as a means to study geologically complex scenarios tractably. Our models show the effects of simulated geological events t...
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free text keywords: 44, coalescence, Research Article, biodiversity, 06 Biological Sciences, dispersal, speciation, 144, continental drift, Evolutionary Biology, 203, fossil record, 1001, 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 70, 60, Articles
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publication . Article . 2016

Quantifying the effects of the break up of Pangaea on global terrestrial diversification with neutral theory

Jordan, Sean M. R.; Barraclough, Timothy G.; Rosindell, James;