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Parenti, Lynne R
Comparative biogeography : discovering and classifying biogeographical patterns of a dynamic Earth / Lynne R. Parenti and Malte C. Ebach
Alternate Title Discovering and classifying biogeographical patterns of a dynamic Earth
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009
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 4th Floor  QH84 .P37 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Biogeography
Physical Description xiii, 295 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-280) and index
Summary "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." -- Publisher's description
Contents 1. Introduction -- Pt. 1. History and Homology -- 2. History and Development of Comparative Biogeography -- 3. Building Blocks of Biogeography: Endemic Areas and Areas of Endemism -- 4. Building Blocks of Biogeography: Biotic Areas and Area Homology -- Pt. 2. Methods -- 5. Biogeographic Processes -- 6. Biogeographic Methods and Applications -- 7. Systematic Biogeographic Method -- Pt. 3. Implementation -- 8. Geology and Comparative Biogeography -- 9. Implementing Principles: Biogeography of the Pacific -- 10. Future of Biogeography
Series Species and systematics ; v. 2
Alternate Author Ebach, Malte C

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