Land bridge and long-distance dispersal - Old views, new evidence
Zhou Zhekun; Yang Xuefei; Yang Qingsong
AbstractThe study of land bridge based on continental drift(1)) and long-distance dispersal are gaining increasing attention in biogeography. We review several major dispersal theories including the Malpigiacea route, patterns of chameleon dispersal and the floating island model. The Malpigiaceae route indicates that the Malpigiaceae family originated in northern South America and that members of several clades migrated into North America and subsequently moved via north Atlantic land connections into the Old World starting in the Eocene. This route may also explain many other pantropic disjunction patterns, including some Chinese plants disjunctions, involving South America. Not all biogeographical distribution patterns can be explained by vicariance theory, so more research, including chameleon distribution, has recently focused on long-distance dispersal. The latest analyses suggest that chameleons have dispersed over long-distances from Madagascar on several occasions. The floating island model would explain flora and fauna similarities between South America and Africa. Studying long-distance dispersal mechanisms is important for understanding distribution patterns and even the spread of pandemics. More research on the specific implications of long-distance dispersal for biogeography is necessary.
KeywordBioogeography Continental Drift Land Bridge Malpigiacea Route Long-distance Dispersal
Subject AreaMultidisciplinary Sciences
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WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000238882500003
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Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Lab Biogeog & Biodivers, Kunming 650204, Peoples R China
2.Grad Univ Beijing, Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Zhou Zhekun,Yang Xuefei,Yang Qingsong. Land bridge and long-distance dispersal - Old views, new evidence[J]. CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN,2006,51(9):1030-1038.
APA Zhou Zhekun,Yang Xuefei,&Yang Qingsong.(2006).Land bridge and long-distance dispersal - Old views, new evidence.CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN,51(9),1030-1038.
MLA Zhou Zhekun,et al."Land bridge and long-distance dispersal - Old views, new evidence".CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN 51.9(2006):1030-1038.
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