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Historical Biogeography: An Introduction

Handbook / Manual

By: Jorge V Crisci, Liliana Katinas and Paula Posadas

250 pages, 48 figs

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #143199 | ISBN: 0674010590
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This book makes sense of the profound revolution that historical biogeography has undergone in the last two decades, and of the resulting confusion over its foundations, basic concepts, methods, and relationships to other disciplines of comparative biology. The authors show how to tell when a historical biogeographic approach is called for, how to decide what kind of data to collect, how to choose the best method for the problem at hand, how to perform the necessary calculations, how to choose and apply a computer program, and how to interpret results.

With a welcome shift to the Southern Hemisphere, Crisci, Katinas, and Posadas comprehensively explore the discipline of historical biogeography, distinguishing between, and linking, historical and ecological biogeography. They offer a nice introduction to the field, with chapters exploring various approaches to the subject such as phylogenetics, cladistics, and experimental biogeography...Overall, this is a very thorough, extensively researched, and well-written book. -- L. S. Rigg Choice 20040101 The comparative study of biodiversity in form, space, and time is this book's main theme. Recent theoretical and empirical advances in phylogenetic systematics have produced numerous cladograms and phylogenetic trees that reveal the historical structure of species diversity. Likewise, geographic information systems provide unprecedented quantitative descriptions of species' geographic dimensions. Systematists face considerable challenges, however, in constructing a theoretical and analytical framework for combining phylogenetic and geographic information to provide causal explanations of life's evolutionary history...This book's major contribution is its explanation and examples of the analytical methods used to diagnose biologically meaningful areas and to reconstruct evolutionary relationships among those areas using comparisons of species cladograms. Many of the methods covered have not gained universal or even widespread acceptance by systematists and most remain strongly associated with individual researchers or institutions and largely dismissed or ignored by others. The authors' attention to detail in the historical development of these methods is therefore very helpful...Philosophers and historians of systematics should find much of interest in this exploration of the power of algorithms to synthesize evolution's spatial and temporal dimensions across microevolutionary and macroevolutionary time. -- Allan Larson History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 20070101


Introduction: What Is Historical Biogeography? Part I: Methods in Historical Biogeography 1. Defining Distribution Areas and Areas of Endemism 2. Center of Origin and Dispersal 3. Phylogenetic Biogeography 4. Ancestral Areas 5. Panbiogeography 6. Cladistic Biogeography 7. Parsimony Analysis of Endemicity 8. Event-Based Methods 9. Phylogeography 10. Experimental Biogeography 11. A Comparison of Methods: The Case of the Southern Beeches Part II: Topics in Historical Biogeography 12. Molecular Phylogenies in Biogeography 13. Biodiversity and Conservation Evaluations 14. Species Introduction Conclusion: A Conceptual Framework for the Future Appendix A: Phylogeny Appendix B: Software in Historical Biogeography Glossary Works Cited Index

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JORGE V. CRISCI is Director of the Laboratory of Systematics and Evolutionary Biology at the Museum of Natural Sciences of La Plata, Argentina. LILIANA KATINAS is Assistant Professor of Botany and Biogeography at La Plata National University, Argentina. PAULA POSADAS is Assistant Professor of Taxonomy and Biogeography at Patagonia National University, Argentina.

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