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Biogeography off the tracks


Waters, JM and Trewick, SA and Paterson, AM and Spencer, HG and Kennedy, M and Craw, D and Burridge, CP and Wallis, GP, Biogeography off the tracks, Systematic Biology, 62, (3) pp. 494-498. ISSN 1063-5157 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 The Authors

DOI: doi:10.1093/sysbio/syt013


We write to convey our concerns that some mainstream evolutionary journals continue to publish articles that, in our view, present misleading accounts of biological evolution. Specifically, we argue that "panbiogeographic" studies of spatiotemporal biological history (e.g., Craw 1988; Heads 2010a, 2010b, 2011, 2012a, 2012b) are detrimental to the progress of biogeography as a discipline. The panbiogeographic approach usually ignores long-distance dispersal and considers alternative hypotheses only within the narrow confines of assumed ancient vicariance. Although previous commentators have already penned epitaphs for the panbiogeographic paradigm (e.g., Cox 1998; McDowall 2004; McGlone 2005; Briggs 2007), some editorial and review processes continue to allow this misleading approach to be promulgated as a useful scientific method. Despite the approach being termed "moribund" (Briggs 2007), recent years have seen an apparent upswing in the number of panbiogeographic studies published (e.g., Kutschker and Morrone 2012; Mercado-Salas et al. 2012; Silva et al. 2012).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal distribution, animals, biological evolution, geography, Palaeognathae, plant dispersal, plants
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Biogeography and phylogeography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Burridge, CP (Associate Professor Christopher Burridge)
ID Code:84750
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2013-05-30
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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