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Cladistic Biogeography : Interpreting Patterns of Plant and Animal Distributions - Christopher J. Humphries

Cladistic Biogeography

Interpreting Patterns of Plant and Animal Distributions

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780198548188
Number Of Pages: 200

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The distribution and classification of life on earth has long been of interest to biological theorists, as well as to travellers and explorers. Cladistic biogeography is the study of the historical and evolutionary relationships between species, based on their particular distribution patterns across the earth. Analysis of the distributions of species in different areas of the world can tell us how those species and areas are related, what regions or larger groups of areas exist, and what their origins might be. The first edition of Cladistic Biogeography was published in 1986. It was a concise exposition of the history, methods, applications of, and prospects for cladistic biogeography. Well reviewed, and widely used in teaching, Cladistic Biogeography is still in demand, despite having been out of print for some time. This new edition draws on a wide range of examples, both plant and animal, from marine, terrestrial, and freshwater habitats. It has been updated throughout, with the chapters being rewritten and expanded to incorporate the latest research findings and theoretical and methodological advances in this dynamic field.

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"I would recommend Humphries and Parenti's book as a key reference text for any biologist interested in biogeography." Heredity, 83, 1999

Introduction 1: Historical biogeography. Introduction; Distribution patterns; A history of ideas; Centres of origin; Panbiogeography; Conclusions 2: Methodological developments. Introduction; Cladistics; Cladistics and biogeography; Discussion; Conclusions 3: The real world. Introduction; Same pattern: different taxa; Different patterns: different taxa; Geology and the cladistic biogeographer; Conclusions 4: A new view of the world. Introduction; Tropical versus antitropical; Pangaea, Pacifica, or expanding Earth?; Historical biogeography of the southern end of the world; A new view of the world; Conclusions Bibliography Glossary Index of animal and plant names General index

ISBN: 9780198548188
ISBN-10: 0198548184
Series: Oxford Biogeography
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 15.55  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised