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Surprising discovery from first large-scale analysis of biodiversity and biogeography of viruses

Viruses and bacterial viruses (known as phages) are among the most abundant life forms on the planet. Two papers published recently in Nature, March 2 and 12, 2008, analyse the geographical distribution of viral communities in modern organosedimentary structures (sedimentary features, built by the...

Prehistoric aesthetics explains snail biogeography puzzle

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---The answer to a mystery that long has puzzled biologists may lie in prehistoric Polynesians' penchant for pretty white shells, a research team headed by University of Michigan mollusk expert Diarmaid Foighil has found. The team's findings, published online Sept. 12 in the B...

Evolution: Crabs go deep to avoid hot water

...nographic knowledge to investigate the distribution of a notorious deep-sea giant the king crab. The results, published this week in the Journal of biogeography , reveal temperature as a driving force behind the speciation and radiation of a major seafloor predator; globally, and over tens of millions of years...

Humans related to orangutans, not chimps, says new Pitt, Buffalo Museum of Science study

...eporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of biogeography , the researchers reject as "problematic" the popu...mpanzees and gorillas as African apes and wrote in biogeography that although they are a sister group of dental ho... Schwartz and Grehan contend in the Journal of biogeography that the clear physical similarities between huma...

New species of phallus-shaped mushroom named after California Academy of Sciences scientist

...rty years, Drewes has embarked on 36 expeditions to 19 African countries, where he has focused on the evolutionary relationships, natural history, and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles. Recently, he has turned his attention to Sao Tome and Principe, located in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa's west coast. Al...

Mammalogists to convene in Alaska for annual meeting

...wn bats to big brown bears. Presentations will cover many aspects of the latest mammal research, including genetics, physiology, morphology, behavior, biogeography and conservation. "The meeting gives participants a chance to find out what colleagues are doing at this moment without waiting the year or more it...

U of Minnesota research reveals critical role of evolutionary processes in species coexistence

...tion of species," said Ken Kozak, also a professor at the University of Minnesota. "The blurring of boundaries between classical community ecology and biogeography has been key to recent progress in community ecology." "Essentially, we're going back to the perspective of early naturalists, but with a computat...

Voyages of discovery or necessity?

...echnology, and his faculty advisers Professors Robert van Woesik and Mark Bush, propose this intriguing theory in an upcoming issue of the Journal of biogeography . Based on archeological evidence, paleoclimatic data and modern reports of ciguatera poisoning, they theorize that ciguatera outbreaks were linked to...

Google Earth aids discovery of early African mammal fossils

...rd isn't good enough to pin that down yet," Gunnell said. "But when these animals are studied in detail, they should lead to a better understanding of biogeography and dispersal events between Asia and Africa and between North Africa and the rest of the African continent." ...

New explanation for a puzzling biological divide along the Malay Peninsula

...rs could account for the shift by crowding out species, particularly at the narrowest part of the peninsula called the Isthmus of Kra. The Journal of biogeography posted their findings online February 25. For most of the past few million years, the shallow ocean shelf surrounding the peninsula and islands of...
Biogeography in Biological Definition

Alfred Russel Wallace

...gy, and awards Wallace was the first to propose a "geography" of animal species, and as such is considered one of the precursors of ecology and biogeography . Awards Among the many awards presented to Wallace were the Order of Merit ( 1908 ), the Royal Society 's Copley Medal ( 1908 ), the Roy...

Biodiversity

...ions of microorganisms, etc. India is said to represent 8% of the recorded species, with 47,000 plants species and 81,000 animals. See also : biogeography , Amazonian forest , extinction , Unified neutral theory of biodiversity . Is biodiversity threatened? During the last decades, erosion of ...

Endosymbiont

...le of Symbiodinium in reef ecology and the current state of research: FLEXIBILITY AND SPECIFICITY IN CORAL-ALGAL SYMBIOSIS: Diversity, Ecology, and biogeography of Symbiodinium. Andrew C. Baker, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 2003 34, 661-689 Obligate bacterial endosymbionts in i...

Endosymbiont

...le of Symbiodinium in reef ecology and the current state of research: FLEXIBILITY AND SPECIFICITY IN CORAL-ALGAL SYMBIOSIS: Diversity, Ecology, and biogeography of Symbiodinium. Andrew C. Baker, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 2003 34, 661-689 Obligate bacterial endosymbionts in i...

Macroecology

...and T.M. Blackburn. 2000. Pattern and Process in Macroecology . Blackwell Science. ISBN 0-632-05653-3 External links Global Ecology and biogeography - an important journal of macroecology Evolutionary Ecology Research - a journal of macroecology ...

Zoology

...tion , population genetics , heredity , variation , Mendelism , reproduction . Systematics , cladistics , phylogenetics , phylogeography , biogeography and taxonomy classify and group species via common descent and regional associations. In addition the various taxonomically oriented-discipline...
Biogeography in Biological Dictionary

Biogeography

Biogeography is the study of the distribution of biodiversity over space and time. It aims to reveal where organisms live, and at what abundance. biogeography n. The study of the geographic distribution of organisms. ... The equilibrium theory of island biogeography arose as an app...
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