Cladistic Biogeography

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

byChristopher J. Humphries, Lynne R. Parenti

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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 patternsacross 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 wasa 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, bothplant 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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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 patternsacross the earth. Analysis of the distributi...

Christopher J. Humphries, Department of Botany, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD cjh@nhm.ac.uk Dr. Lynne R. Parenti, Division of Fishes, MRC NHB 159, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC 20560, USA parentil@nmnh.si.edu

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198548184

ISBN - 13:9780198548188

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Historical biogeography. Introduction; Distribution patterns; A history of ideas; Centres of origin; Panbiogeography; Conclusions2. Methodological developments. Introduction; Cladistics; Cladistics and biogeography; Discussion; Conclusions3. The real world. Introduction; Same pattern: different taxa; Different patterns: different taxa; Geology and the cladistic biogeographer; Conclusions4. 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; ConclusionsBibliographyGlossaryIndex of animal and plant namesGeneral index

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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