Comparative Biogeography: Discovering and Classifying Biogeographical Patterns of a Dynamic Earth (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2009 - Science - 312 pages
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To unravel the complex shared history of the Earth and its life forms, biogeographers analyze patterns of biodiversity, species distribution, and geological history. So far, the field of biogeography has been fragmented into divergent systematic and evolutionary approaches, with no overarching or unifying research theme or method. In this text, Lynne Parenti and Malte Ebach address this discord and outline comparative tools to unify biogeography. Rooted in phylogenetic systematics, this comparative biogeographic approach offers a comprehensive empirical framework for discovering and deciphering the patterns and processes of the distribution of life on Earth. The authors cover biogeography from its fundamental ideas to the most effective ways to implement them. Real-life examples illustrate concepts and problems, including the first comparative biogeographical analysis of the Indo-West Pacific, an introduction to biogeographical concepts rooted in the earth sciences, and the integration of phylogeny, evolution and earth history.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
HISTORY AND HOMOLOGY
15
2 History and Development of Comparitive Biogeography
17
Endemic Areas and Areas of Endemism
53
Biotic Areas and Area Homology
75
METHODS
101
5 Biogeogrpahic Processes
103
6 Biogeographic Methods and Applications
119
8 Geology and Comparative Biogeography
191
9 Implementing Principles
213
10 The Future of Biogeography
239
Glossary
251
Bibliography
259
Index
281
Untitled
293
Species and Systematics
295

7 The Systematic Biogeographic Method
153
IMPLEMENTATION
189

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About the author (2009)

Lynne R. Parenti is Research Scientist and Curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History in the Smithsonian Institution, and co-editor, with R. Claro and K. C. Lindeman, of "Ecology of the Marine Fishes of Cuba" (2002), co-editor, with M.L.J. Stiassny and G. D. Johnson, of "Interrelationships of Fishes" (1996, 1998), and co-author, with C. J. Humphries, of "Cladistic biogeography "(1986, 1999). Malte C. Ebach is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration, and co-author, with D. M. Williams, of "Foundations of Systematics and Biogeography" (2008), and co-editor, with R. S. Tangey, of "Biogeography in a Changing World" (2006).

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