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Type: Journal article
Title: Cradles of diversity are unlikely relics of regional climate stability
Author: Fordham, D.
Brown, S.
Wigley, T.
Rahbek, C.
Citation: Current Biology, 2019; 29(10):R356-R357
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0960-9822
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Damien A. Fordham, Stuart C. Brown, Tom M.L. Wigley and Carsten Rahbek
Abstract: The stability of regional climates on millennial timescales is theorised to be a primary determinant of nearby diversification [1-5]. Using simulated patterns of past temperature change at monthly timescales [6], we show that the locations of climatically stable regions are likely to have varied considerably across and within millennia during glacial-interglacial cycles of the Late Quaternary. This result has important implications for the role of regional climate stability in theories of speciation, because long-term climate refugia are typically presumed to be 'cradles' of diversity (areas of high speciation) only if they remain stable across Milankovitch climate oscillations [1-5], which operate on multi-millennial time scales [7].
Keywords: Biodiversity
Climate Change
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.04.001
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