Panbiogeography: Tracking the History of Life

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Oxford University Press, Apr 15, 1999 - Science - 240 pages
Biogeography is a diverse subject, traditionally focusing on the distribution of plants and animals at different taxonomic levels, past and present. Modern biogeography also puts emphasis on the ecological character of the world vegetation types, and on the evolving relationship between humans and their environment. Panbiogeography describes a new synthesis of sciences of plant and animal distribution. The book emphasizes that the geographical patterns of animal and plant distribution contribute directly to the understanding and interpretation of evolutionary history. Geographic location is reintroduced as a critical element of both biogeography and evolutionary biology. The authors present chapters exploring the roles of geology, ecology, evolution in panbiogeographic theory, and introduce new methods, modes of classification, and ways of measuring biodiversity.
 

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Contents

What Is Panbiogeography?
3
Life as a Geological Layer Panbiogeography and the Earth Sciences
30
Ecology History and the Panbiogeography of Africa
64
Mapping the Trees of Life Panbiogeography Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolutionary Processes
88
Tracking the Trees of Life Line Map and Matrix
115
Toward a New Regional Biogeography The Revival of Biogeographical Classification
145
Tracks Nodes Biodiversity and Conservation
163
Glossary of Technical Terms
180
References
182
Index
221
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