Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics (Species and Systematics #4) (Hardcover)

By Michael Heads

University of California Press, 9780520271968, 576pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2012

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Description

Molecular studies reveal highly ordered geographic patterns in plant and animal distributions. The tropics illustrate these patterns of community immobilism leading to allopatric differentiation, as well as other patterns of mobilism, range expansion, and overlap of taxa. Integrating Earth history and biogeography, Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics is an alternative view of distributional history in which groups are older than suggested by fossils and fossil-calibrated molecular clocks. The author discusses possible causes for the endemism of high-level taxa in tropical America and Madagascar, and overlapping clades in South America, Africa, and Asia. The book concludes with a critique of adaptation by selection, founded on biogeography and recent work in genetics.


About the Author

Michael Heads is a former Senior Lecturer in Ecology at the University of the South Pacific. He is now an independent scholar living in New Zealand.


Praise For Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics (Species and Systematics #4)

“[A] marvel. . . . [Heads’s] writing guides the reader to crisp understanding. . . . It should be widely read.”

— Systematic Biology

“This book is a very interesting contribution to evolutionary biogeography.”

— Qtly Review Of Biology

“[An] important book and subject.”

— Brenden S. Holland, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii

“[A] marvel. . . . [Heads’s] writing guides the reader to crisp understanding. . . . It should be widely read.”

— Gareth Nelson

"I cannot do better than to sum up Heads’ book with the words Darwin used to praise Wallace’s work on geographical distribution in 1876. This is a ‘. . . grand and memorable work, which will last for years as the foundation of all future treatises’."

— Peter J. James