Journal article

Explosive avian radiations and multi-directional dispersal across Wallacea: Evidence from the Campephagidae and other Crown Corvida (Aves)

Knud A Jonsson, Martin Irestedt, Jerome Fuchs, Per GP Ericson, Les Christidis, Rauri CK Bowie, Janette A Norman, Eric Pasquet, Jon Fjeldsa

MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2008

Abstract

The systematic relationships among avian families within Crown Corvida have been poorly studied so far and as such been of limited use for biogeographic interpretations. The group has its origin in Australia and is thought to have colonized Africa and the New World via Asia beginning some 35 Mya when terranes of Australian origin approached Asian landmasses. Recent detailed tectonic mapping of the origin of land masses in the region around Wallace's line have revealed a particularly complex movement of terranes over the last 20-30 Myr. Thus the biogeographic dispersal pattern of Crown Corvida is a particularly exciting case for linking vicariance and dispersal events with Earth history. Here..

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