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      Prediction of phylogeographic endemism in an environmentally complex biome

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          Phylogeographic endemism, the degree to which the history of recently evolved lineages is spatially restricted, reflects fundamental evolutionary processes such as cryptic divergence, adaptation and biological responses to environmental heterogeneity. Attempts to explain the extraordinary diversity of the tropics, which often includes deep phylogeographic structure, frequently invoke interactions of climate variability across space, time and topography. To evaluate historical versus contemporary drivers of phylogeographic endemism in a tropical system, we analyse the effects of current and past climatic variation on the genetic diversity of 25 vertebrates in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. We identify two divergent bioclimatic domains within the forest and high turnover around the Rio Doce. Independent modelling of these domains demonstrates that endemism patterns are subject to different climatic drivers. Past climate dynamics, specifically areas of relative stability, predict phylogeographic endemism in the north. Conversely, contemporary climatic heterogeneity better explains endemism in the south. These results accord with recent speleothem and fossil pollen studies, suggesting that climatic variability through the last 250 kyr impacted the northern and the southern forests differently. Incorporating sub-regional differences in climate dynamics will enhance our ability to understand those processes shaping high phylogeographic and species endemism, in the Neotropics and beyond.

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              The latitudinal gradient in recent speciation and extinction rates of birds and mammals.

              Although the tropics harbor greater numbers of species than do temperate zones, it is not known whether the rates of speciation and extinction also follow a latitudinal gradient. By sampling birds and mammals, we found that the distribution of the evolutionary ages of sister species-pairs of species in which each is the other's closest relative-adheres to a latitudinal gradient. The time to divergence for sister species is shorter at high latitudes and longer in the tropics. Birth-death models fitting these data estimate that the highest recent speciation and extinction rates occur at high latitudes and decline toward the tropics. These results conflict with the prevailing view that links high tropical diversity to elevated tropical speciation rates. Instead, our findings suggest that faster turnover at high latitudes contributes to the latitudinal diversity gradient.

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                Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
                Proc. R. Soc. B.
                The Royal Society
                October 07 2014
                October 07 2014
                October 07 2014
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                : 1792
                : 20141461
                [1 ]Department of Biology, City College of New York and the Graduate Center of CUNY, 160 Convent Avenue, Marshak Life Science Building J-526, New York, NY 10031, USA
                [2 ]Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Matão, trav. 14, no 321, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-090, Brazil
                [3 ]Research School of Biology, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200, Australia
                [4 ]Centre for Biodiversity and Climate Change and eResearch Centre, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
                [5 ]Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
                [6 ]Mater Natura – Instituto de Estudos Ambientais, Lamenha Lins 1080, Curitiba, Paraná 80250, Brazil
                [7 ]Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro Politécnico, Setor de Ciências Biológicas, Curitiba, Paraná 81531, Brazil
                [8 ]Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Conservação, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro Politécnico, Setor de Ciências Biológicas, Curitiba, Paraná 81531, Brazil
                [9 ]Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro Politécnico, Setor de Ciências Biológicas, Curitiba, Paraná 81531, Brazil
                [10 ]Faculdade Dom Bosco, Avenida Presidente Wenceslau Braz 1172, Curitiba, Paraná 81010, Brazil
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