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Biogeography is a science that attempts to describe the changing distributions and geographic patterns of living and fossil species of plants and animals. It is also concerned with the factors responsible for the variations in distributions. It therefore wants to answer questions as to where do species occur, how the species got to be where they are, and where are the greatest concentrations. It also tries to explain in part the causes of biodiversity.

Biogeography Articles

Biogeography of Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in Ecuador: Implications for the Design of Control Strategies
The authors analysed the data in relation to the life zones where triatomines occur (11 life zones, excluding those over 2,200 m altitude), and provide biogeographical maps for each species.

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: 1.40, 7 pages

Lost Fish Found - 85 Years Later
It's been lost under the sea for eighty five years - but now it's been found.

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: 5.00

Vanished super-ocean or expanding Earth?
This geological and biogeographic evidence is not consistent with the plate tectonic hypothesis of a now-vanished, pre-Pacific super-ocean, Panthalassa.

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: 4.14

Changes to insect-seeking calls of horseshoe bats may drive new species formation
It may not matter whether there is a mountain high enough or a river wide enough to keep members of a species apart.

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: 5.00

Evidence human activities have shaped large-scale ecological patterns
A study provides some of the first evidence that ecological patterns at large spatial scales have been significantly altered within recent human history suggesting a role for human activities as potential drivers.

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Carnivore extinction risk determined more by biology than human population density, says study
Carnivores around the world are more at risk of extinction due to their own intrinsic biological attributes than from an increasing human population with whom they share their space

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Cod in a sweat: some like it hot!
Concerns about climate change have led Cefas researchers to investigate whether sea temperature plays an important role in fish distribution

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Gondwana biogeography: a phylogenetic approach
(Abstract) Seven phylogenetic data sets using Brooks Parsimony Analysis were analyzed in order to produce a comprehensive hypothesis of the historic relationships among Gondwanan sub-units.

Date: 25 May 2007, Rating: not rated

The diversity and biogeography of soil bacterial communities
A continental-scale description of soil bacterial communities and the environmental factors influencing their biodiversity is presented.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 5.67, 6 pages

Phylogeny, evolution, and biogeography of Asiatic Salamanders (Hynobiidae)
The relationships among living hynobiids have been shaped primarily by geography...

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 3.63, 6 pages

Latitudinal and longitudinal barriers in global biogeography
Principal component-derived maps for two globally distributed groups, with ca 1000 species each.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated, 4 pages

Linking biogeography to physiology: Evolutionary and acclimatory adjustments of thermal limits
Studies performed with a taxonomically varied group of aquatic ectotherms that shed light on several questions related to the roles played by physiological adaptations in setting species' distribution patterns.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated, 5 pages

Cytogenetics and biogeography: considerations about the natural origin of Hoplias malabaricus (Characiformes, Erythrinidae) on the Iguaçu river
Geographic distribution of the cytotypes and karyotype results indicate that H. malabaricus is a natural fish species in this river basin...

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

Human Diversity: Our Genes Tell Where We Live
This new study shows that self-reported ancestry is a good predictor of one’s genetic make-up.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 1.00, 3 pages

Soil Nutrients Shape Tropical Forests, Large-scale Study Indicates
Tropical forests are among the most diverse plant communities on earth, and scientists have labored for decades to identify the ecological and evolutionary processes that created and maintain them.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 4.75

Lychnis Moth (Hadena Bicruris) Lays More Eggs In Isolated Areas
The Lychnis moth (Hadena bicruris) is laying more eggs on white campion (Silene latifolia), due to the increasing fragmentation of the countryside.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 2.00

Two dinosaurs from Africa give clues to continents’ split
Fossils support idea of lingering bridges between landmasses

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 3.25

Siberian Tigers Hang Tough: Results Of Latest Survey Show Tiger Numbers In Russia Stable
Results of the latest full range survey indicate that tiger numbers in Russia appear to be stable...

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: 1.00

Geoinformation from space sharpens population density maps
In response to a growing demand for sharpened census data, GeoVille Information Systems has developed ‘real-world population’ maps based on Earth observation...

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated

NASA Helps Forecast Reptile Distributions In Madagascar
NASA supported biologists developed a modeling approach that uses satellite data and specimen locality data from museum collections to predict successfully the geographic distribution of 11 known chameleon species in Madagascar.

Date: 17 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated